Late morning, it brightened up a bit, but by then the birding activity had subdued and I was left to chase the butterflies in the tree nursery, a couple of WHITETHROATS were seen, and lots of Gulls kept taking to the air from just off my patch, but continued checking of the sky amongst them didn't show the cause of their anxiety, which I had hoped was a large raptor !
A last ditch effort to save the day was made, with a mid afternoon walk over to the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, but this was aborted prematurely, due to one of the stable lot walked no less than six dogs around the fields and paddocks. As I watched from the footpath, the dogs were seen to run uncontrolled all over the place putting up the LINNETS, STARLINGS and a couple of SKYLARKS, then they turned there attention to me, and came running all of 100 meters at me, I climbed up on the 5 foot high paddock fence and dropped over the other side, which stopped all but the biggest dog, it merely bounded the fence and proceeded to jump up at me barking all the while, I let loose some shouting of my own at the selfish dog walker, but as ever, she showed no concern for me, not even a 'sorry'. One day it will be a child or more vulnerable person who s assaulted by these wretched animals, maybe then something will be done, these footpaths are for everyones use!!
Sorry for the rant today, but I didn't have much to report! :-)
Anyway here's a few pics :-) Below is a STARLING feeding on the Elder berries on my well stocked tree in the garden
Below are a couple of the butterflies seen in the Tree Nursery, first a Common Blue
Then the Small Copper, I also saw my first Brown Argus for August, but it didn't stay for a photo.