Three new seasonal visitors

Today has been warm and sunny and despite the shrinking heaps of dirt snow you could almost believe that winter is over (rain forecast for tomorrow, though – don’t get too excited).

The garden has been busy – the Snowdrops have really come into their own and we received visits from the pre-Easter Bunny (a very timid fellow), from the first returning Song Sparrow (we will get better photographs in a few days) and the first – and mots unexpected – butterfly of the year.

Insects of all sorts are hard to identify with precision, but this is either a Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilisi) or a very close relative.  These are widespread across the raea but not common – they overwinter as adults – doubtless why we are seeing this one now – and only have one brood of eggs in July odr a little later which means this fellow has a lot of fluttering to do and a lot of evading of predatory birds.  Lovely insect, however, and anew species for our garden insect list.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Snowdrop detail - note the inner three 'tepals'

Snowdrop detail - note the inner three 'tepals'

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Rabbit

Rabbit

Hoary Comma butterfly (or close relative)

Hoary Comma butterfly (or close relative)

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