A very local walk this evening taking in the butterfly reserve and quarry. main highlights were 6 Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers in the trees along Bumpers Lane and 4 species of butterfly & 2 moths. These were a Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Large White and Speckled Wood. The moths were at least 8 Garden Grass-veneer and 1 Silver Y
As I was heading back towards the quarry a quick look across the sea and there was HMS Diamond (D34) heading towards Portsmouth, though on the shipping map it was still east of the Isle of Wight.
A rather bedraggled Gatekeeper......
.........and a slightly better conditioned Small Heath.
A Great Black-backed Gull