If you go down to the woods today…

These guys were hanging out this morning. How disappointing to arrive at East Blean woods to find the car park closed… three cars parked on the verge by the gate… on a narrow overly fast road this is a hazard which daily unlocking of the gate would resolve. I can only assume staff are still not back to work at Kent Wildlife Trust.

Nevertheless, a wander produced loads of butterflies… no fritillaries ‘though, just lots of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns, a few Commas, Large White and Ringlets on my brief visit.

Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

I watched the sea while Maggie walked… but the sea was flat calm and devoid of avian interest.

A quiet day in the garden too… clammy and overcast. This bumblebee was enjoying the lavender.

The Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris

These guys were hanging out this morning, maybe thinking of giving the park a go.

Ring-necked Parakeets Psittacula krameria

Honeybees were harvesting the pollen from this Black-eyed Susan.

This convolvulus was getting shrivelled up by the son and lost its flowers. A bit of a trip and a move to a semi-shaded position saw to its recovery.

Rant it out!
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