Yesterday Matt Shore had the fantastic find of a Large Tortoiseshell by a footpath in the upper reaches of the Tas Valley and as it was very close to my shopping destination of Long Stratton I popped along for a look. I found the spot easily thanks to some excellent directions but sadly a 2 hour search didn't reveal the butterfly. Large Tortoiseshell is a species I saw back in 2001 at Landguard and again, tantalisingly briefly in Tyrrel's Wood about 3 weeks ago but it would have been nice to get a pic of another Norfolk one. The photo below is one of only 4 that Matt got yesterday.
The site was a pleasure to be at though and I 'yearticked' Willow Warbler and Large Red Damselfly. Having only seen 1 Red Admiral so far this year it was pleasing to see 2 or 3 today plus good numbers of Green-veined Whites. A pair of Bullfinches were seen several times and a Lesser Whitethroat was singing in the distance.
Large Tortoiseshell (copyright Matt Shore)
Large Red Damselfly