Not really up to a long walk, as my knee is a little sore and I feel very tired - az shot reaction? - but I took myself down the park for an hour to see what I might see.
It ended up being a very worthwhile enterprise despite the fact it was a cool day that went rather grey while I was out. I spotted a skulking chiff chaff in the old oak wood, and a female orange tip butterfly on the flutter, but of course being female she didn't actually have any orange tips.
Didn't manage to get a photograph of them, however.
What was more amenable to photography, just about, was a chilly tree bumblebee queen trying to regain her strength, a busy common carder bumblebee feeding off flowering currant, and I finally managed to get a snap of a stunning female tawny mining bee, the most beautiful of our bees in my view, as she fed off hawthorn blossom and filled her weighty saddlebags.
I was supposed to go and have a spot of solitary cricket practice, but today my body is telling me no.
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