The breeze that blasted up the channel disturbed our gentle life, and presumably tired some of the birds out to sea. Among the gulls resting on Kingsdown beach was a smart adult Mediterranean Gull, bearing (surprise, surprise) a ring which I'll report to the usual authorities.
Six waders flew in and landed on the sea wall, then quickly were off again - Dunlin, perhaps.
Meanwhile, just inland at Lydden.....
.... the second wave of summer has arrived, with Lady's Bedstraw, Marjoram, Weld and Mignonette striving for the attention of bees and butterflies, including a few Gatekeepers and some early Chalkhill Blues which this weekend will probably be joined by hundreds more to make the downland burst into life.
Mental note, however..... I won't take my camera, but will just sit and enjoy the wonderful sight of these butterflies, and the blissful scent of the downland herbs.
Finally, a moff, disguised as a birds-foot trefoil seed pod, looking coffee and strawberry ice-cream flavoured, just waiting to be named.
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