Lockdown Diary: Monday 22.6.20

In the early evening, Eddie and I went out to Castor Hanglands NNR (just west of Peterborough) to look for butterflies. We were hoping for the first emergence of Purple Emperors. No luck, today, but there were at least half a dozen White Admirals and l...

In the early evening, Eddie and I went out to Castor Hanglands NNR (just west of Peterborough) to look for butterflies. We were hoping for the first emergence of Purple Emperors. No luck, today, but there were at least half a dozen White Admirals and lotw of Large Skipper butterflies around. The main bird treats were a few Jays, and several families of small birds flitting through the bushes, including Long-tailed Tits, Willow Warblers and Great Tits.
Also, we saw a quite high-flying red Kite carrying something int its talons. It was eating whatever it was in the manner of Hobby. And quite long wing feathers came helicoptering very slowly back down toward the ground. Somehow the kite had got hold of a fairly substantial bird as prey: road kill pigeon perhaps, or Pheasant?