It is scarily hot out there, today. No wonder our two larger ponds have become very popular with the local birds. I went out just now to see a flock of half a dozen Long-tailed Tits (part of a bigger family group) gathered together on the branches at one end of our bigger pond, looking to bathe and drink (until I rudely disturbed them). Judging by the other birds in nearby bushes, the House Sparrows, Great Tits, Robins and Blackbirds had also been having a cooling dip.
The territorial Speckled Wood is still by the pond, and a Holly Blue butterfly also whizzed through.