Following an overnight frost down to -1 here in Langthorpe, the temperature is now a creditable +19, with wall-to-wall sunshine. In the early afternoon, I went for a stroll at Pilmoor, looking for Orange Underwings, and concentrated on the area of aspen, the foodplant of Pale Orange Underwing.
|Aspen, among the birch.|
At least four Orange Underwing were seen, three on the track and one on the SSSI heathland. Single Peacock, Orange Tip and Brimstone were all seen on the track Several Chiffchaff were heard singing, and a couple of Marsh Tits sneezed away in the undergrowth.