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Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

SMALL COP­PER Although the heady days of waft­ing but­ter­flies may be over, a few species re­main out in force – most on their sec­ond broods. One such is pos­si­bly the most bad-tem­pered of its kind, the Small Cop­per. Fiery of tem­per­a­ment as well as col­oration, this but­ter­fly keeps a beady eye on its ter­ri­tory as it basks on open ground. Should it de­tect an in­gres­sor – of al­most what­ever size – the cop­per zips up­wards and ban­ishes the in­sur­gent.

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