An afternoon and early evening session was spent at Millennium Wood. Good selection of regular birds with the unusual also being observed. These came in the shape of, firstly, 2 great black backed gulls wending their way north east and later a 2nd year herring gull travelling south. Willow warblers called from the trees in the wood, as did blackcaps, whitethroats and chiffchaffs. The resident reed buntings were seen in the bullrushes as a pair of bullfinches dived for cover in the undergrowth. Green and great spotted woodpeckers were heard and seen. A walk past Muggins Wood on the outward journey also gave up long tailed, great and blue tits whilst a walk along Hoecroft Lane on the return journey offered a cuckoo calling from a large oak. A common blue damselfly was recorded in Acremore Street and orange tips, large and small white butterflies seemed to accompany me . Several unidentified day flying moths were also seen but no dragonflies around the Millennium Wood pond, which appeared to be very dry.
Highlight, however was managing to get some good images of a fox that appeared to be too busy hunting to bother about my presence. Dog rose (rosa canina) was photographed near the wood and cuckooflower (cardamine pratensis) was discovered along Hoecroft Lane.