Mid-morning, early July, and the wind was whipping along the escarpment. But the rain held off, and we had a good walk, with six guests of the Safari Britain camp.
Around the campsite itself, little was singing bar the obligatory Chiffchaff, which apparently stops for nothing. A Red-legged Partridge was disturbed from the corn, while a few Rooks, Carrion Crows and Jackdaws braved the gusts, along with the ever-present Herring Gulls.
Along the Old Coach Road, Wren, Dunnock and Whitethroat sang, as did what was either a Blackcap or a Garden Warbler, but not with enough conviction to give away its identity.
A couple of Linnets went over, and Chaffinch and Goldcrest called but kept themselves mainly hidden. Single Lesser-black backed and Black-headed Gulls moved through.
Heading back along the escarpment, Meadow Pipits continued to perform their display flights, a Skylark briefly sang, and a Goldfinch kindly sat out on a tree, allowing ‘scope views. Two Mistle Thrushes flew from the pasture into the trees, in exactly the manner they had done on a previous walk.
A couple of Marbled White butterflies were seen, adding to the Red Admirals, Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood from earlier. No blues though – still too early, or just too windy?