Great big blue sky and warm sun augured well for a walk at Haskayne Cutting this afternoon, but to be honest, it was a bit of a let down.
Whitethroat feeding young, several Yellowhammers singing and Chiffchaff still belting out their name, but no dragonflies.
The standing water does look a bit manky at the moment though.
Is it me or are Chiffchaffs holding more territories round there this year?
Can't remember when so many were singing into June - even a bird at Dempsey Towers still, which had two Siskin and a Stock Dove this afternoon.
The Yellowhammers were decidedly unco-operative, jiggering off long before I could get to digiscoping range.
At least the Common Buzzards were enjoying the sun, with birds up over just about every copse or covert from the Withins to Plex.
Strange to see so many birders out on the mosses in summer - but entirely understandable as they searched for the Monty's Harrier, which I believe was playing sneaky again today.
Anyone who has not yet caught up with this magnificent raptor, may want to look away now, as Phil Boardman has sent me these two cracking shots of the bird, which he got at the weekend.
Absolutely stunning Phil - thanks for sharing.
And ta for the shot of the recent Lydiate Station Woodchat below, gorgeous.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...