The Safari was out a fraction before 08.00 this morning. It wasn't the best of mornings.
Sunny, 1 okta - again all clouds from plane on trails
10 - 15mph ENE strengthening 15 - 20 E
12C @ 08.00
Before we got out of our pit we'd heard two skeins of Pink Footed Geese going over, there's little better than being tucked up snug as a bug in a rug and listening to the sounds of the wild outside.
Meadow Pipit 23 S to 10.00 largest flock 7 like we said hardly earth-shattering this morning
Jackdaw 1W a local bird?
2 Female Blackbirds in the Rowan tree
Butterflies were on the wing after lunch, 2 Speckled Woods and 3 Small Tortoiseshells.
At 13.30 our look-outs the gulls went up but we couldn't see anything, quarter of an hour later a Sparrowhawk drifted over quite low, mystery probably solved.
We don't get many dragonflies at Base Camp despite the large pond so when one flew over we clocked it and it looked pretty small for any of the usual species. Fortunately it settled, even allowing us to get the camera from indoors...Black Darter only fourth we've seen in town in the last 23 years - get in!!! Base Camp's top sighting since we moved in 10 years ago.
We couldn't get to the other side for better light. It (surely not another) returned about ten minutes later but didn't settle this time.
More usual garden fare included our Goldfinches, still can't get as many Greenfinches as FW...yetWoodpigeons wait for the others to spill seed from the feeders for them to hoover up
Don't know much about clouds but these had a funky pattern to themGladioli
In the meantime let us know what blew your socks off in your outback