What a treat! It flew off and I tried to follow, but soon realised I should just stay where I was, as it kept coming back and resting near me.
Then another one appeared and they chased each other around for a while. At one point a third one joined in as well. I sat on an ant hill covered in wild thyme (I could smell it when I sat on it) and watched the chase, with one of them always ending up sat near me. That made my day!
|Two green hairstreaks chased each other around|
|Across a field covered in dandelions|
|Through a woodland path until you get to the opening onto the bank|
|The wonderful views of Yoesden Bank|
|I sat on an ant hill under the hawthorn bush to watch the green hairstreaks|
|Hawthorn leaves, but no flowers yet. There could be a few buds though!|
I walked back through the woodland path and noticed the primroses and violets hiding in the dappled shade.
Then back through the dandelion field and I noticed a swallow sitting on the top of the cowshed and two more flying overhead. I had a quick look inside and their nests from last year were empty, just waiting to be used again.
A great way to spend a couple of hours!