|Peacock, Inachis io|
view over the River Adur to the sea
daffs and chrysanthemums near the car park
I was surprised by the number of Peacock butterflies we saw all over the hill, a total of 22.There was plenty of aerial fisticuffs between males, including one bunch of five flying together in a tight formation. We saw a male and female Brimstone, two Small Tortoiseshells and one Grizzled Skipper at the bottom of the hill at . Later I saw an Orange Tip flying west to east at the bottom of the hill following the shrub line with me puffing along behind it. It stopped twice, though I never got nearer than ten meters. A buzzard soared overhead and we heard a blackcap singing.
Field violets cover the slope
a Long-tailed Tit