Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Tuesday 3rd July
A Small Tortioseshell was found this morning while I walked the strawberry seedlings - my first for the year and a rarity for East Malling over the last 2 years! Thunderstorms built up between the sunny spells and I had the added bonus of a Hobby flying west, ahead of the storm, along with a large number of Swifts. Red Admiral and Meadow Brown were also seen.
A trip to Ditton Quarry at lunchtime, resulted in lots of Small Skippers flying around the Pyramidal Orchid bank. Turning some of the rocks over I discovered not only some seashell fossils, 2 juvenile newts playing dead. Not sure which species they are?