There were lots of marbled whites flying, as well as meadow browns and ringlets. We saw one large skipper, but there was no sign of any common or chalkhill blues, which we're still waiting to see emerge. It was very hot and humid, but not particularly sunny. Even so, the numbers of butterflies around at the moment are a bit disappointing. I hope they pick up soon as the big butterfly count started yesterday!
|Common spotted orchids|
|Pure white chalk fragrant orchid|
On the way home we called into Weston Turville Reservoir, where we bumped into a lovely family of swans.
It's another wonderful place to visit, where you can sit and watch the birds swooping over the water and the dragonflies buzzing all around you.
|I believe these are black-tailed skimmers (but I'm happy to be corrected!)|
There were plenty of birds flying over the water, including swifts or house martins (I don't think they were swallows as they didn't have long tails, but I'm not sure between swifts and house martins!) and white birds that were flying over the reservoir and diving down to the water. We weren't sure what they were (maybe common terns), so Bug Mad Girl took a video of them.
|Maybe a common tern|
We also watched a great crested grebe as it swam around and then disappeared under the water.
|Great crested grebe|
Two very different but equally amazing places to visit. It was such a lovely way to spend a couple of hours this afternoon.