The punctuation I refer to in the title, are Commas. Little did Malcolm and I expect as we set out this morning in the sunshine (also unexpected following last night's forecast) that we would see Commas sitting in the Willow trees! Strange as it may seem, I don't mean these ,,,, but these Comma butterflies (Polygonia c-album). Commas have been increasing in number since the 1930's following an unexplained crash in numbers in the 20's. The caterpillars feed on Stinging Nettles, Elm and Currant leaves among others.
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus). Back in Britain from their wintering grounds in Tropical Africa, these 'little brown jobs' will have to be careful if they are not to fall victim to the Cuckoos which are calling around the area. Can you spot the warbler in this picture?