Felt a little like end of June as far as birds were concerned. A few regulars were in voice (whitethroat, chaffinch, yellowhammer, blackcap and garden warbler) but not too much movement. Plenty of food being carted to nests by goldfinches and great tits.
However, plenty other aspects of nature to keep me more than occupied.
Butterfly wise: small white, orangetip, small tortoiseshell, green veined white and brimstone were all seen frequently, whilst a solitary specked wood was noted near Bury Green
|distant brimstone nectaring on red campion|
|drinker moth caterpillar|
|gregarious caterpillar of peacock butterfly feeding on nettle leaves.|
Edit: yellow star shaped flower now identified as Goat's beard, a new one for me to add to the parish list and the wild strawberry, below, is actually barren strawberry. This can be identified by the sepals that show between the petals. Thanks to Neil for his comments
|flower of barren strawberry|
|Prickly sow's ear|
A check on several new nettle patches came up with the regular suspects: sloe bugs, Phyllobius pomaceus etc.