My day started at about 5.00 a.m. when someone's car or burglar alarm went off. Really annoying as I did not want to be awake. However, by the time 6 o'clock showed it's face I was wide awake and out of bed.
There's so much needing doing in the garden that, after a lazy start to the day, this was where my morning time was spent. The scent of the buddleia was powerfully pleasant in the sun and a Comma butterfly decided it liked it too. Very pleased to see it there as there haven't been than many recently.
I needed more bird food so this afternoon found me at Black Pond on Esher Common again - well it's not that far from my bird-food shop! As I was scanning the reeds with my binoculars (and picking up the Grey Heron in its favourite spot), across my line of vision flew a Kingfisher - pure chance; I wouldn't have thought it was Kingfisher terrain so I'm assuming s/he was on it's way somewhere else.
No Dragonflies around so from there I stopped off at West End on the way home. The usual Mallards around, and the family of three cygnets are still there and growing really quickly. A couple of Egyptian Geese have swelled the numbers in the Prince of Wales Pond - not seen any there before and about five Black-headed Gulls were pirouetting above the pond before settling down on the water.
Comma Butterfly on Buddleia
Wind was blowing too much for a clearer picture.
Reflections on Black Pond
Mallard at Prince of Wales Pond on West End Green
Two Egyptian Geese have arrived.
Black headed Gulls whirling about the pond.
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