Lesser Whitethroat

They’re not rare, but they are rather local – so a Lesser Whitethroat heard briefly near the school on Friday night was a welcome sound, and the closest one to the middle of the village I’d yet recorded.

That was, until Saturday morning, when one sang from trees adjacent to the cricket pitch – a garden tick for me and, perhaps, the same bird as Friday evening. Maybe an unmated male having a final attempt at finding a territory? Whatever, I haven’t heard it since.

Good also to hear, and then finally see, a Spotted Flycatcher in the garden, plus three Buzzards high together.

The torrent of Painted Ladies slowed as the weekend progressed – and the first Silver Y moth of the year was disturbed from the grass.

Silver Y moth by Flickr user Stange Ones

Silver Y moth by Flickr user Stange Ones

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