An afternoon wander across the golf course and back alng the River Ash in squally conditions didn't offer much of note. Black Headed gulls (23) were loafing around on the now ploughed rape fields adjacent to the golf course and a grey heron flew north east. Also, 2 lesser black backed gulls headed west. 3 swallows and 1 swift headed south, probably on migration. I have noted a marked decrease in the swifts around the village this week, the wet weather telling them it is time to move. Over the next few weeks there should be good numbers of swallows and martins overhead, all moving south.
A Migrant hawker dragonfly was observed along the Ash, but the conditions deterred most butterflies from flying. A comma, large white, speckled wood and several meadow browns were noted. However, the garden buddliea continues to attract red admiral and peacocks. Also, having filled the garden feeders, there has been the return of great, blue and coal tits to the garden.
Photographs show the fruit of the bittersweet plant. Looks very enticing but is poisonous!