Although it was a bit on the windy side at times, making it feel a bit cool for Butterflies, I took a chance and brought the smaller lens out with me, I did see a few Orange Tips, and Small Whites in the Tree Nursery, but they didn't hang about, birdwise in the Nursery, two WHITETHROATS sang, a couple of GREEN WOODPECKERS broke cover and cackled their way off into the distance, and LINNETS, SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK and BLACKBIRD were all seen carrying food for their young.
I paid a visit to the Lakes and Scrubby Wood, checking up on the two JAYS nests as I went, they both were occupied by the female birds. I also found the COOTS with their two young, but not a single thing was on the water with them. In the Scrubby Woods, it was a little quiet really, but thats the afternoon for you! BLACKCAPS and CHIFFCHAFFS were the only summer migrants singing, hopefully more will be heard when I get there for an early visit tomorrow. A few butterflies were about, more Orange Tips and Small Whites mainly, but it was good also to see a male Brimstone, and at least three Holy Blues, a couple of Speckled Woods put in an appearance, as did this Peacock, the only species to sit and pose for me today :-)
Not much happening then today, but it was just good to get out in some sunshine! Here's the photo's of the first fledged Starlings of the year from my graden
|Hungry fledgling Starling|
|Re-fueling fledgling Starling|
|Happy fledgling Starling :-)|