There was a strong gusty wind this afternoon, with just occasional sunny glimpses, this made it virtually impossible to photograph any butterflies, there wern't as many about in the cooler conditions anyway, apart from around the Buddlea bushes at the lake area, where the usual Peacocks, Red admirals, Painted ladies, meadow Browns, Comma's and Gatekeepers were seen. I had a quick look for Purple hairstreaks, and saw a few, but they were high up and being blown around.
Bird wise, not a thing - nothing, they are all hiding away! Well I say nothing, there was the odd Tit, and DUNNOCK, and a family of newly fledged WRENS in the wet woods, and although they did pose for the camera it was too dark under the dense canopy, the shutter speed was on 6 !
So that was it, one of my poorest 2 hours ever I should think!
Yesterday I forgot to put this photo on. It is a large hoverfly. I believe it to be Volucella Zonaria, but could be Volucella Inanis, it was as big as a Hornet.
Dean or greenie might know more.