It was so lovely at the weekend that I just had to get out into the fresh air. Chickpea is still closeted away working on assignments so I decided to head over for a walk by the local golf course. The course is on the right of the path and there are fields on the left.
The fields were full of birdsong and it wasn't long before I thought I recognised goldfinches. Sure enough, they fluttered back and forth always out of reach of my lens. I eventually managed to catch one, perched on these bare branches.
At the end of the path, I headed up into this overgrown patch of land where I've always had a lot of luck seeing birds and butterflies.
Up past several large patches of comfrey.
And a wild rose bush.
As you work your way up, there are open patches filled with flowers and grasses.
Clover was abundant.
I also later found out it's a favourite of the Latticed Heath moth. This little gem led me a merry dance through the grass before it settled long enough for me to snatch a photo. I've never seen one before so was determined to get a shot so that I could identify it later.
A couple of you have commented that I seem knowledgeable on wildlife. Seem is definitely the correct word. I'm endlessly curious and want to know what I've been looking at so, once home, I pore over my guidebooks and compare them to photos on the internet until I'm pretty sure of the identification. I'm gradually getting better at actually remembering things now.
I didn't need to look far to find out that this is a Cinnabar moth as it's so striking. It was a flash of bright red as it fluttered around.
And I had no problems with this one, a speckled wood, as I've seen so many of them lately. In fact, there was one fluttering around the garden as I started to write this post.
Onwards and upwards, I was heading for a patch of trees where I saw the willow warbler baby birds last year.
No fledglings yet but I did spot mum darting around with insects in her beak so there's a nest somewhere.
I was also rewarded with a small copper. There was a discussion on the radio last week about people being afraid of butterflies! I can't imagine being afraid of something so beautiful. Spiders yes, butterflies no!
All too soon it was time to head home but as I glanced under the trees I spotted something purple..
an orchid! Having consulted my favourite English Wild Flowers web site, I think it's a Heath-spotted orchid which is a new species to me!
My little patch had done me proud again. In the immortal words of Arnie, 'I'll be back!' x