Thursday 16th

Orange Tip (photographed in May 2009) by Ian Hodgson

Orange Tip (photographed in May 2009) by Ian Hodgson

Our first Comma appeared in the Elms two days ago and yesterday a Small White was seen near Royal St.George’s golf club; the earliest record at the Bay by four days. Despite a chill wind, 2 male Orange Tips were fluttering along the sheltered and warm southern edge of the Great Wood on Worth on the 21st; a remarkably early date for this species at the Bay, which has never previously been recorded before March 30th.