There was a brief exchange of emails on the Kent Ornithological Society network this week, about the continued fall in Kittiwake numbers on the Dover cliffs. Another visit showed that most of the chicks (or rather the few visible ones) had grown, but there was evidence of failure.
The warmer and humid conditions have been good for hoverflies and other insects, and my task of mowing the lawn was lightened by disturbing about five Yellow Underwing moths, as well as numerous unidentifieds. There was also my first Gatekeeper of the year attracted to the buddleia.
On the old railway track behind Langdon cliffs the alternating sun and cloud produced good views of butterflies, which would stay on their chosen flowers when the sun went in.
Meanwhile, the Little Owls are also growing (one of the two always scrambling into the hole when danger threatens, the other looking cool and confident).