On arrival I could here one or two CHIFCHAFF singing but just one BLACKCAP, a SONGTHRUSH also sang for a while, and calls from at least 3 BULLFINCH were heard. Young ROBINS, BLUE TITS, GREAT TITS and LONG TAILED TITS were found easily enough, but I did eventually winkle out another new species for the years successfully bred list, when a family of Blackcaps were found, at least 3 were being fed by both adults. Shortly after a TURTLE DOVE was heard singing, a hopeful sign that there may be breeding from this now scarce migrant dove.
While wandering the Scrubby Woods, I was on the lookout for Odonata and Butterflies, but as the sun was not out they were few, just one Azure damsel and a couple of White-legged Damsels were seen, and not one flutter!
Typically, as I arrived home around 13:00hrs, the sun came out, so after grabbing a drink and a bite to eat, I went back out, armed with a canon 100mm 'L' series macro lens, not mine of course, but one I was trying out for a friend :-) The greenhouse grounds are about as good a chance as I stand of finding any flutters on this side of my patch, and i found just one, how sad is that :-( It was at least a Common Blue though, my first this year, and it posed well for the new lens.
|Superb looking Four Spotted chaser|
|It allowed quite a close approach once it got used to my presence|
|I found the lens was better if I didn't get too close, standing back about 50cm.|
|A better depth of field was had if I stood back a bit :-)|
|Four Spotted Chaser, just brilliant little creatures :-)|