The grass verges and fields had recently been mowed so many wildflowers had gone with the cuttings. It was a beautiful day but with little bird activity and at one point we commented that even the wood pigeons were absent.
The highlight of the outing was of a sparrowhawk hunting close to the seawall, firstly landing on the footpath then returning to its perch to swoop again into longer grass and then back to its perch once more. It was pleasing to see so many butterflies including a speckled wood and also finding an edible bay bolete fungus (but not this one as it was past its best).
Birds: Blackbird, Starling, Goldfinch, Linnet, Wren, Swallow, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Black-headed & Herring Gull.
Flowers: Bristly Ox-tongue, Wild Carrot, Mallow, White, Red & Strawberry Clover, Groundsel, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Stinging Nettle, Ribwort Plantain, Ragwort, White & Red Campion, Scented Mayweed, Sea Lavender, Field & Hedge Bindweed, Great Reedmace, Marsh Thistle, Great Willowherb, Yarrow, Common Fleabane, Dandelion, Red Deadnettle,
Other: Common Blue, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small & Large White Butterflies, Damselfly, Dragonfly, Grasshopper, Wasp, Bracket & Bay Bolete Fungi
Next Meeting – Friday 28th September 13.30