It didn't take long to get the next species onto the months list, under 5 seconds! As I walked out the back door to go to work this morning I looked up, and before I had even closed the door behind me, what flew low over my house ?........Only a RED KITE, what a fantastic species to have over my house! I watched it glide slowly over, then ran back indoors, up the stairs to the front bedroom, and watched it fly off to the NW ( I think Joy was pleased I woke her out of her slumber to experience such a wonder!)
A particularly pleasing bird to have bring up the 90th species to be seen from my house.
Well this afternoon was never going to live up to that experience, but the I added a couple more species for June, a lone CORMORANT flew over the tree nursery, and whilst I was at Migrant Alley scanning the skies for the first Sparrowhawk of the month, I recorded a COMMON BUZZARD instead, That was the fifth raptor species this month to be seen before the Sparrowhawk, normally the Sparrowhawk is the first!
The months list moves on to 57, 10 more to equal the June record.
I also recorded only my second Tortoiseshell butterfly this year, whilst in the tree nursery, it was fluttering around a bunch of nettles.
Above is the Small Tortoiseshell