A change of route this evening as it was a bit late, plus had I'd walked my normal route then I would have been in shade for most of it. It was another lovely warm day and though I was late, there were a surprisingly lot of Chiffchaffs about, especially around Perryfields Butterfly Reserve where the sun was still shining. There must have been at least 8 in the Buddleia Bushes and Sycamores.
Elsewhere there were 3 Blackcaps calling from around Rufus Castle, and there was a small flock of 7 Magpies coming into roost in the Sycamores by Church Ope Cove Car Park.
I was a bit late for butterflies, so I thought but I did manage at least 12 Red Admirals and 1 Large White.
Also about were Ivy Bees, wasps and a few Common Drone Flies on the Ivy at the Observation Area by Rufus Castle, whilst at Perryfields I came across a wasp nest and dozens of Common Drones on the Ivy there as well.
Here are few images from this evening:
A Red Admiral soaks up the last of the days sun
A Common Wasp.........
.....and its nest.......
........well hidden in amongst the Portland Stone blocks.
A Common Drone Fly
I thought this was a Marmalade Hoverfly. Its certainly the same size, but those markings are not quite right!
A juvenile Wall Lizard......
......and two more. It looks like one of the youngsters has had a lucky escape.
And the same railway track which took through Bottom Combe and into Easton Railway Station.
This tree has a strange looking bark to it.
This is a close-up. First appearance is that its diseased but in fact this is Ulmus alata, Winged Elm.