I took the same route as yesterday over to the lakes and Scrubby Woods area of my patch this afternoon, and whilst in the tree Nursery, looking for Butterflies, I nearly missed the LITTLE EGRET (66) that flew low over, just the second June record for this species, the last being in 2008, it looked to be heading for the lakes, but when I arrived there it obviously hadn't dropped in. I did see the CANADA GEESE and GREYLAG GEESE families though, with 3 and 5 goslings respectively, also one of the COOTS, 2 MALLARD and a MOORHEN.
In the Scrubby Woods, I had a mixed set of sightings, Large Red, Blue Tailed, White Legged and Azure Damselflies, with Butterflies represented by Small White, Comma, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and a cracking Painted Lady, my first this year and the 20th species of the year. I also stopped to photograph a couple of the large Volucella hoverflies, one being a pellucens, the other a Zonaria type. I even found interest in a fungi - a Stinkhorn :-)
The birds encountered in the Woods were the usual crowd, and thats what they were for the most part, a crowd! NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, BLACKCAP, GREAT TIT, BLUE TIT and LONG TAILED TIT, plus one or two CHIFFCHAFF and WRENS had all decided to feed in a single group amongst the safety of the cover provided by the Oak trees. TURTLE DOVE, SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRD all sang in the background.
Another stop at the Tree Nursery on the way home was only noteworthy for the LESSER and COMMON WHITETHROATS seen, and maybe the LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL that went over being chased by two CARRION CROWS.
It'll be good to get out and do a full patch walk tomorrow morning, hopefully the wind will have died away. Just two new species are required for the months list to equal the best June tally of 68, three would be nice though!
I didn't manage a single bird photo today, but here's the Painted lady Butterfly