This morning Karen and I were joking about the tiny patch of everlasting pea just down the road. It’s a favourite plant of the Long-tailed Blue and we were wondering whether we would be able to see the “inevitable” Long-tailed Blue from the garden when it turned up. On our way out for a walk this afternoon we checked the pea and unbelievably there was one there. It hung around for a while, long enough for us to discover that when it flew you could indeed get it on the house list. Later on, Karen also got a view of an utterly knackered Common Blue. Two new butterflies for the house in a day!
At home there was a single Slow Worm and a beautiful and tiny Grass Snake under the roofing felt.
The Downs were a shadow of last week, with only one Spotted Flycatcher compared with over 20 last week. The bird of the day, a brief view of a Goshawk eluded the camera, but a pair of kronking Ravens gave us a bit of entertainment.