It was back to the hot, sunny weather today, so this afternoon I visited the lake and scrub area to try and find some ''winged things' be they birds, Butterflies or Dragonflies.
Once there, I was surprised to hear the BLACKCAPS still singing, at least 3 of them, as well as a CHIFFCHAFF and a DUNNOCK, a few other birds were calling, WREN, ROBIN, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and the mixed sound of a feeding flock of GREAT, BLUE, COAL, and LONG TAILED TITS, plus TREECREEPER and NUTHATCH in amongst them somewhere.
I managed to keep my eye on a Dragonfly, watching it alight on some vegetation. I slowly got to within a couple of yards of it and got some photo's but the ID of it is a bit puzzling - for me :-). Plenty of Purple Hairstreak were about in the Oaks, but they all remained high up, only one came anywhere near photography distance. I also found a smart looking Holly Blue Butterfly and a pair of Gatekeeper Butterflies, my first of the year.
Frequent glances up at the sky revealed a few SWIFTS and SWALLOWS, as well as the usual KESTREL, but nothing out of the ordinary, and while visiting the lake I found a GREY HERON (52) in the shallows, the first one this month. This puts me 11 species behind the average July total, and a massive 17 behind the record July total of 2007!
I took this photo after getting home, a nice Male CHAFFINCH
Below is a photo of my first Gatekeeper of the year