Alas, a puncture on my rear tyre for the 13,000th time scuppered a bike ride, but this turned out to be lucky. Instead I walked across the cemetery, through the sports hub site, across the estate to Sconce and Devon Park. Later on I got in a run to Beacon Hill Reserve.
You can see below what I saw on my day's travels. Highlight was the large skipper I photographed, possibly my best ever mobile phone photo. But many butterflies I was too dim witted and slow to snap were up too.
As well as the aforementioned skipper, I had my first sightings this year of red admiral, meadow brown, and ringlet. A second flight small tortoiseshell put in an appearance too, above the poppies on the sports hub site.
Finally, I was delighted to watch at close quarters - 2 metres - a song thrush put on a snail demolition for me. Once it realised I wasn't going to pinch its lunch and eat it in a garlic butter sauce, the thrush gave it four quick smashes on the tarmac path before wolfing down the tasty bit.
It had flown off long before the shell stopped spinning down the road.
|Can you see it?|
|You can now|
|A pink poppy|
|Mouth of a triffid? Or poppy?|
|Some sort of gall mite?|
|Female banded demoiselle at Sconce Park|
|Stunning large skipper|
|White or buff tailed bumblebee explores the surface of the sun|
|Unknown day flying moth in Beacon Hill reserve|
|Unhappy with this next to Beacon Hill park|
|Early evening, and a blackbird just fledged onto my drive|