The Safari managed to twitch the American Golden Plover (190) - nice pic by SP here - by the time we'd got to it the tide was hurtling up-river and the near mudflts were covered. Consequently the bird was on he far bank and being edged closer to the salt marsh vegetation all the while - but what a fine and dandy stonker! Just coincidence it's Independence Day today...it did turn up yesterday though so...what the hell it's a real beaut!
After filling our boots with the trans-Atlantic wanderer we decided to have another look for the White Letter Hairstreaks. CR came along and joined us and we had an hour or so in the sun watching a variety of butterflies going about their business. A couple of Commas and Holly Blues, many Meadow Browns some Large and Small Skippers and Large and Small Whites. C found this pair of Forest Shield Bugs on an Elm leaf.Large Skipper
A mating pair of Meadow Browns, which at first glance may look like Gatekeepers with the double eyespot.
We'd had some tantalising glimpses of a White Letter Hairstreak high in the canopy but as we were thinking about calling it a day one descended to a more reasonable level. Unluckily for C he'd had one on a thistle earlier but when he movd to get his camera into position it flushed.
In the meantime let us know what's wafted in from where in your outback.