Nesting woodpigeon

A woodpigeon spent several hours collecting nest materials from the eucalyptus tree this morning, snapping off single twigs and carrying them away …

Swifts

Group of about 15 swifts spotted mid-morning.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper butterfly, Pyronia tithonus, in the garden at lunchtime. It settled on some spurge plants for a few moments but flew off …

Thirsty gulls and more crickets

Heavy rain this morning at about 8.45 am. Two juvenile gulls on a nearby roof were throwing their heads back and apparently …

Cricket

A buzzard was calling at about 11.30 am this morning. Went to the postbox this afternoon and saw some ripe blackberries on …

Peregrine and dragonfly

A peregrine was flying about and calling near the house all morning – could be a young one turned out by the …

Heron and gulls

Strange, prehistoric-sounding noises overhead at about 11.30 am – turned out to be three gulls attacking a very vocal heron. Had a …