Starting this disparate collection of images and sightings from the last week or so is a new butterfly sighting in our garden. This Holly Blue butterfly made occasional appearances last weekend and stayed just long enough in one place for me to get a shot and positively identify it. It was a female and as we are into August, a second brood specimen.
In the vegetable patch the sprouts have been providing a great attraction to a myriad of hoverflies. The appeal appears to be chemical based as there is no nectar to feed on but clearly strong as there are almost clouds of them.
A brown hare watched me from the field, its colourings matching the harvest stubble and earth with great accuracy – I’m often sending them scurrying from my feet when I’m out at the moment, invisible ’til they bolt!
The two oak trees favoured by the buzzards stand majestically between the two fields. Over three spans in circumference they easily exceed 200 years of watching over the landscape of the Rib Valley. One looks to have been struck by lightning in its past, a huge scar causing the bark to erupt and develop into scar tissue.