|Small Dotted Buff|
|Pseudargyrotoza conwagana! (micro)|
|What a stunner! Elephant Hawkmoth|
On the bird front, GOLDFINCHES came top with 16 in a flock around the veg garden, a party of 4 GREY HERONS flew west, I almost forgot when I started checking the moths the LITTLE OWL was calling again nearby. I managed to find both families of REED BUNTINGS today and really struggled getting any photos of anything, despite sitting quietly at various points around the estate! I was pleased to actually see TURTLE DOVE and CUCKOO, they have both been heard reasonably regularly over the passed few days without showing until today. By the lake I thought I heard the odd note from a Reed Warbler in between the BLACKCAP, GARDEN WARBLER and CHIFFCHAFFS that were drowning out everything else out not unpleasantly I might add!, I'll try again tomorrow, if the rain isn't too torrential.
|Behaviour never witnessed before, 'Chiffchaff sniffs Honeysuckle'!|
The hedges were busy with young BLUE TITS, just one LESSER WHITETHROAT and a few each of COMMON WHITETHROAT and CHIFFCHAFF. The hoped for House Martins that were seen earlier in the spring seem to have disappeared and not taken up the free housing offered by the kindly Gardeners, unless I've just missed them recently. Each day at the moment seems to produce just one gull per visit most of the time, a single HERRING GULL obliged today.