After a failed attempt to see Redstarts in the New Forest last weekend, tried again this morning. A week seems to make quite a difference.  At least 3 males all within a 50m radius fairly near the car park at Mark Ash Wood.  Also, a nice little Long Tailed Tit gathering nesting material.

On the way back from Portland this morning, stopped in at Arne hoping to see Sand Lizards.  If felt like the right sort of day - very sunny, but not too hot.  I was in luck and found a male and a female.  My first UK Sand Lizards.  That's two firsts in one morning.

There has been an unusually high number of Hoopoes arriving in the UK over the last week or so.  Most in the far south west.  But they're begining to turn up nearer to home too.  So this morning, got up at 04:00 and headed down to Portland to try and see one that had been sighted there yesterday.  I was in luck - managed to get a few snaps.  All distant, and into the sun, but I'm actually quite happy with them.  My first UK Hoopoe.

Lovely weather this weekend, and had hoped to see some of the Redstarts that have arrived.  No luck.  So instead, a selection of photos from our garden, Hengistbury Head, and Bentley Woods.


Didn't actually go anywhere over the bank holiday weekend, so no interesting photos of migrants arriving.  Instead, a couple of photos of flies on our bay tree.