Birding highlights for me was at last finding a LESSER WHITETHROAT for this months list, in the hedgerow along Ashes Lane, and also watching a HOBBY chase SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS around over the college grounds, where I also heard a TURTLE DOVE ''purring'' the first I have ever encountered here.
A KESTREL and a SPARROWHAWK were seen hunting around Migrant Alley, but there wasn't any sign of Migrants there yet, I suppose it is a bit early, although I have had both Stonechat and Whinchat in the last 10 days of July.
At the lake and scrub area, ( sorry I'm going to mention the 'A' word here) The first ripening fruit of Elder and Blackberry were seen, Autumn is creeping up on us! A GREY HERON fished on the lake, and the scrubby area had WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF all feeding fledglings, but still no sign of a Garden Warbler.
The best of the butterflies were seen at Migrant alley, - Common Blue and Small Copper, and the Tree Nursery/wet wood edge - Purple hairstreak where at least 3 found.
Above and Below is a SKYLARK, seen on the Pipeline workings at Migrant Alley
Below is a Female Blackcap, keeping an eye on me, as it had nearby fledglings
Above is a Common Blue Butterfly. ( I actually saw two males together, the most recorded on my patch!!)