It don't have to have feathers to be intriguing at this time of year, and as avian migration was still somewheat arrested today, Phil Smith's superb picture of one of Cabin Hill's smaller residents is all the more appreciated.
"I thought you might like this for your blog, just to prove there are interesting critters other than birds out there!," Phil explains.
"This is a Yellow Dung-fly (Scathophaga sp.) on a catkin of Fine Osier Salix x forbyana at Cabin Hill yesterday. The fly is about 5mm long."
And despite the name and presumably fairly unsavoury habits, a fine looking little critter it is too!
Must keep an eye out for that one around willows and er, dung-heaps (well, where do YOU look for your Hoopoes?)
Thanks again Phil.
Not much birdwise today - Downholland Moss was pretty quiet, apart from a few Red Legged Partridge, Kestrel and Grey Heron, although Dempsey Towers did have a flock of eight Siskins and a Chiffchaff singing briefly in the afternoon sun.
Austin Thomas sent this superb shot of Avocets getting down and dirty at Marshside this week - there'll be plenty of that going on for the next month or so.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...