Despite the lack of posts so far this month, I have been out and about looking for birds - just not having much success.  I've wasted far too much time looking for more Wrynecks, trying to find Nightjars and watching bushes where Bluethroats are supposed to be.  Finally caught up with a Bluethroat this afternoon at Titchfield Haven.  A bit distant, but coming out in the open on occasion.

Also, we've had a couple of Marsh Tits come to our garden feeders quite regularly this month.  First time I'm aware of having them in the garden.

It's the time of year for Wrynecks to pop up on the south coast.  The recent wind direction seems to have been good for them this week.  This Wryneck turned up at Farlington Marshes yesterday afternoon and was still about first thing this morning.

Trip to Arne this morning.  Very blustery morning with patches of cloud coming across.  But saw a Barn Owl first thing (perched on the Middlebere Hide) and a distant Osprey.

For the last couple of weeks, bat droppings have appeared in our porch.  Wasn't sure where they were coming from as no obvious roost hole.  So tonight I waited to see what was happening - about 2 hours after sunset a bat did a few circuits then perched on the wall.  He then climbed up into the corner where he spent the next few hours. 

ID not obvious to me.  Serotine Bat possibly.

 

A good year for Painted Lady butterflies this year apparently.  Counted at least 6 on our Buddleia this afternoon.