No time for a lengthy, flowery write-up.
So, in a bulleted format.
What I (and we) saw this weekend.
- I found a (n unexpected) little egret on my Saturday morning walk around the 'hood. At a newly-developed SANG lake.
- Ben and I were treated to TWO hares running full tilt towards and then right past us on the outside mat of the golf driving range yesterday.
- Also yesterday we can report that the first of the 2 or 3yo swifts landed IN our swift tunnel at the house.
- Ben found a June bug in the garden yesterday afternoon.
- I saw my first (garden) adult cinnabar moth yesterday and also my first (garden) cabbage white caterpillars.
- My wife and I watched stag beetles and hedgehogs emerge at dusk last night - alongside a stupendous aerobatic show from "our" swifts.
- Ben and I went for a superb bike ride through Swinley Forest today and watched little grebes (below), banded demoiselles, beautiful demoiselles, black-tailed skimmers, southern hawkers and broad-bodied chasers.
- and photographed a woodlark below.
- We also heard a Dartford warbler and a peregrine (but saw neither) - we MUST return to hunt down that Dartford warbler!
- Finally, I think... the first of this year's hornet moths appeared in the garden today. The photos below are of a female sending out her pheromones at dusk - very rare - we normally see these emerge in the garden in the morning.
- All in all... what a wonderful wildlife and weather weekend.