Another blustery showery day! Is it really midsummers day in 5 days time ?
I got just an hour out this afternoon, probably the best hour of the day though, but I didn't stray too far from the house, as I new the next hefty shower wasn't far away. I had a walk around the Greenhouse Complex, and was quite surprised how warm it was out of the wind and in the sheltered sunny spots, this prompted a few Butterflies to venture out, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Large and Small white as well as a Comma, my first since the 20th May, were all seen.
There wasn't much to note birdwise, the KESTREL hunted overhead, and a HERRING GULL passed over, a WHITETHROAT could be heard singing, as could its cousin the LESSER WHITETHROAT. DUNNOCKS, BLACKBIRDS, SONG THRUSHES, LINNETS, and HOUSE SPARROWS were all with young, of varying ages, and a young BLACKCAP stopped briefly in front of me giving a chance to get a photo of sorts ( Below)
I dared to walk that bit further, over to my Sky watching seat to have another attempt to record a Hobby for the June list, but it never showed in the short time I was there, in fact very little did, just two STOCK DOVES of note. The next heavy shower was approaching fast now, and the wind picked up in strength, so I beat a rapid retreat homewards, just making it before a torrential downpour!
An hour later, the rain stopped, and I attempted some garden photography, but at that time in the afternoon the trees in my garden block out the light, so chances were limited to this young Greenfinch