Small copper on patrol near Kineton

The good weather seems to be giving our butterflies a last hurrah before autumn eventually arrives… A small copper, a perfect specimen, patrolled the blackberry bushes where I was busy picking this afternoon, flicking between the few remaining blossom heads. This was the first time I’ve seen this species in or around Kineton.
Also out and about today were several commas, again in tip top condition – a few were gorging themselves on the windfall apples and pears at the Red Road PYO. And the first blackberry I reached out for yesterday was capped by a dozing comma, looking just like a ragged piece of old leaf. Speckled woods have been out too, plus brimstones and large whites. A buzzard has been enjoying the sun and the thermals above the Market Square over the last two or three days – its mewing call echoing over the houses and the churchyard. The whistle of nuthatches can also be heard, but they are much more difficult to spot!

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