A new butterfly and bird species no. 43

We have been seeing this new butterfly species flying around:

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What a beauty. A Small Copper. Still common and widespread in the UK but underwent a major decline in the 20th century. Since we are now in September, this must be the third generation of this butterfly this year, but it is the first time we have been seeing it in the meadows.

This morning we also saw this butterfly, a Common Blue, that we have seen before many times but is simply too beautiful not to include:

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And what of bird species no. 43? Well, hold onto your seats because its quite a bird. And it was also incredibly noisy and intrusive – a Tawny Owl, about an hour after dark. It was sitting in one of the large Corsican Pines at the cliff edge. Sorry – no photos are available..

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