Darren has fallen for Bedford Purlieus so we went back again this morning. I think it makes all the difference when the sun's out, but when we arrived, it was grey and overcast.
We had a pleasant stroll around and managed to bag a year-tick in the form of Cuckoo (my first for the year; D heard one at The Lodge the other day). Unfortunately no Garden Warblers in action or anything else more exotic.
A flock of Lesser Redpolls feeding high up in big birch trees were interesting - they largely 'disappear' from this area during the breeding season.
Last week's interesting weedy field produced the same flock of mostly Linnets plus Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Yellowhammers. No Wheatear or Golden Plover this time.
When the sun did eventually emerge, there were Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Post-It note-yellow Brimstone butterflies on the wing. The Wood Ants were pretty impressive, too.
A selection of photos can be seen here.
To finish, we saw two Red Kite soaring together in the blue sky.
Species added today: