I used to see quite a few Comma butterflies but this year I have only spotted this one when it stopped for a while in the garden a few days ago:
I am sure the reduction in numbers is connected with the cutting down of nettles around the edge of the cricket field for the past few years. These are the usual feeding plant for the larva. I fail to see why the nettles are cut down after the cricket season has finished when they could be left through the Winter.
Once again the damp, cooler weather has seen a local outbreak of the dreaded finch disease. So far I have seen two Greenfinches and a Goldfinch succumb to it. That means I have had to reduce the number of feeders and the amount of food I put out. That is a pity as there had been upwards of a dozen Goldfinches visiting each day but now there is just the odd one.