I had a bit of luck over at the Lakes, where a couple of KINGFISHERS (63) were seen chasing around on the ornamental lake, plus a BLACK HEADED GULL (64) flew over, both new for the June bird list :-)
My end of walk sky watch from my seat at Migrant Alley produced a COMMON BUZZARD and a KESTREL, but I was hoping for my first Hobby of June, or maybe something more exciting! A few SWIFTS moved through, plus a couple of HOUSE MARTINS were seen, but it was generally a quiet sky.
This afternoon the sun came out for short periods, so I went off out around the Greenhouse Grounds and the drainage ditch at Migrant Alley to look for Butterflies and Dragonflies. It proved very fruitful, as my first Small Skipper butterflies were seen, plus I found a Ringlet Butterfly, only the second to be recorded here :-) On the Dragonfly front I found Banded demoiselle, Brown Hawker and Common Darter - all new for the year :-)
I posted Ringlet images yesterday, but they were from Wales, this is a Pittswood Ringlet!!
My first Small Skipper of the year
Plenty of Common Blue Damselflies are around now
Common Blue Damselfly
Ive still got hundreds of images from wales to post, so here's a few pics of the Redstart. If you like these, I've set up a page with ten more images of them, just click on the tab under my header photo labelled ''Redstarts from Wales'', or just click here.