Very quiet on the bird front, as expected for early July, with a sparrow hawk, kestrel, bullfinches (3 at my allotment) and herring gulls with lesser black backed gulls moving south east being the birds of note. A common buzzard was observed whilst I played cricket at Little Hadham C.C. on an exceptionally wet Sunday. Plenty of pied wagtails fed on the outfield, as did a family of moorhens. Obvious testament to our tight bowling and sharp fielding!
However, more noteworthy was a good sighting of a southern hawker dragonfly on the ride to my allotment on the 4th, followed by a ringlet butterfly nearby the following day. A walk earlier in the week (3rd) gave up in excess of 125 meadow brown butterflies to the south of the village. These were expected in such hot conditions, but due to heavy rainfall since, are now in smaller numbers. A walk this evening along New Road and then back to the Ford gave up numbers less than 25.
Plant types remain the same, with the rosebay willowherb(chamerion angustifolium) coming into flower and the field scabious (knautia arvensis) now in full bloom. These are showing particularly well along the footpath from South Cottages to the golf course. The photo below depicts the beautiful flower found on wild majoram (origanum vulgare), of which there is plenty growing along the banks of the River Ash (along with some drying in my house) The top photo is of the hind wings of a ringlet butterfly, whilst the second brown specimen is a meadow brown. Finally, a singing yellowhammer in trees overlooking the allotment.