Birding was slow, as it almost always is on my patch on a June afternoon, however, I did manage to pick up a new species for the months list when a PEREGRINE (62) flew over Migrant Alley. Also seen flying over whilst I was there were, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, a GREY HERON, KESTREL and the local SWIFTS, SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS.
Just six more species needed now to beat the June record, and they will be hard to come by, I should add Common Buzzard at some point this month, and I might find the Garden warbler if it has indeed stayed to breed, Grey Wagtail is a possibility, as is a flyover Cormorant. There is an outside chance of a flyover lapwing, but thats still only five, so i'll need a special species to turn up in the next few weeks !
I decided to take a walk around the hedgerow and rough grassland of the Tree Nursery ( it's not been cut yet!) to try and find some butterflies, the weather wasn't really conducive, being cloudy and windy, but I did find a Common Blue and a few Small Whites. Failing to find find many butterflies, I had to resort to 'mothing' and I did find a couple of species, but I know nothing of moths so i'll leave it to the more expert 'Moffers' out there to help me out with the ID.
Above is a ........... , Any clue Dean, Josh, or maybe the king moth man Stewart
Edit: Thanks Greenie and Dean. Aove is a yellow Shell, and below is indeed a mother shipton - both new to me - but all moths are :-)
Below are some garden bird pics to fill todays post out a bit. Top is the COLLARED DOVE, Middle is a HOUSE SPARROW and Bottom is the GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER. The fianl photo is of a Foxglove, which I just liked the look of :-)