A first walk of the month on a hot July evening. In all 24 species of birds were observed and, without anything being outstanding my attention turned to the numerous butterflies to be found on the wild majoram that is now flowering along the River Ash south of the Ford.
A total of 12 species were seen, including numerous meadow browns (shown here), along with ringlets, green veined whites, large and small whites, commas, small tortoiseshell, small skipper, essex skipper, large skipper, painted lady and peacock.. All these were within an hour between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. Certainly shaping up to be a good butterfly yea.
Of the birds, the highlights were a solitary herring gull returning to winter quarters, several skylarks and yellowhammers as well as numerous swallows and swifts overhead. Photos attached show a small tortoiseshell, green veined white
, essex skipper (here) and a large skipper (top photo) as well as the meadow brown. Latter identifiable by the "eye" and 2 small black dots.