A flock of at least 30 Mistle Thrush were disturbed on my walk this morning. Their loud rattling calls, and flying across to the top of another tree were the dead giveaway of identifying them.

Also of note, we have so far recorded 23 species of butterfly this year – including Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak – the rewards for not using any pesticides, insecticides etc