On the track , this Holly Blue and a Red Admiral , were the only butterflies seen .
The pools were more like the North Sea in Winter , with almost unbroken grey sky , but that sky was filled with Swifts , if only for some sun . In that wind , another test of patience to get one in the viewfinder .
The back end of the second Cuckoo seen , the first was attempting to brake the sound barrier as it got blown through .
This morning in less windy but with thin cloud , allowing the sun to be felt through , I had an hour at Hutchinsons Bank , and that warmth did encourage a few butterflies , like this male Small Blue to emerge .
The Dingy Skippers are living up to their name , they have been on the wing for some time now .
I don't know what excuse this male Common Blue has , they have only recently emerged .
A couple of hoverflies seen , the first Chryosotoxum bicinctum , I think ,
and the more commonly found Helophilus pendulus .
I spotted this Longhorn beetle along the bridlepath , Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle /
Agapanthia villosoviridescens .
On a marker post along the bridleway , a Common Lizard was attempting to warm up in ever clouding skies .
A few more plants coming into flower included ,
Scarlet Pimpernel / Anagallis arvensis , a member of the Primrose family ,
Wild Mignonette / Reseda lutea ,
and Ribbed Melilot / Melilotus officinalis .
With that , the first spits of rain started to fall , and it stayed grey and wet till late afternoon , when the sun came out , like last Summer , this one never ceases to amaze me .