25th May 2020
I do know what buzzards and red kites look like. They are around our garden all the time, so when I spot a huge bird I take a bit more notice. And, it was huge, buzzard-like wings and a stubby tail that flashed white. The bird was soaring when spotted then rushed north-east in a stoop – but not going down appreciably – towards Harewood Peak.
I’m not a ‘birder’. I notice them and peer closely if they’ll oblige … so, I do not claim the sighting but it’s worth keeping an eye out just in case.
But, the cuckoo is still around the Long Bridge in Longparish – sight and sound, as are: Cetti warblers, goldcrests and lots of LBJs that tweet at me.
Today, to my astonishment, a marsh fritillary butterfly turned up in my garden adjacent to Harewood Forest. Well, if someone had told me they had one in their garden I doubt I would have believed. But, here it is:
We also now have more orchids in flower: lesser butterfly, southern marsh and spotted orchids in the meadow.
Enjoy the wildlife around you.