Basil Thornton was fortunate (or skillful!) enough to capture this male Reed Bunting just as he let go to take flight. A true moment captured!
Whilst staring skywards this afternoonin teh vain hope that the White-tailed Eagle seen a few miles to the west and heading our way would actually appear we also noted quite a few new butterflies on the wing including many more Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell along with four species of White including our first Large and a smart male Orange Tip.
Peacock by me....
and one by Mark Hart
There were lots of hovering Bee-flies on the wing today especially on the outer loop of the woodland trail and there were lots more hoverflies around. Got to sort out id of one nice one and will post over the weekend!
More blooms today with our first patch of Dog Violets and lots of Daisies around the car park. Found some more Cowslips along the river wall this morning and Red and White Dead Nettles are coming into flower now.
At least two Short-eared Owls have been showing very well from the west end of the river wall most evenings and early morning at the moment. Some excellent views have been had as they quarter what we call the Enclosed Bay between the new and old seawall defences.