With the continuing heat I stayed close to home and was rewarded first thing by a Weasel running across my garden. This the first time I have seen this species for a number of years. Later I checked out the numerous insects feeding on our lavender bushes. I was delighted to find a superb Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Moth. Such a little jewel but difficult to photograph.
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk Moth
The Cicada chorus is incessant everywhere just now and walking through on of our rose arches I came face to face with this chap.
As I was watching the insects a shrill call erupted overhead and our local pair of Short-toed eagles appeared posturing to each other. Sadly they were very back lit so the photograph does not do the occasion justice.
This afternoon whilst listening to Test Match Special and our total domination of the Australians I picked up our first real autumn migrant this year when a young male Redstart joined the Black Redstarts and a Subalpine Warbler in the garden.
Young male Redstart
I must confess I spent a lot of time thinking about John my brother who is seven years my senior. He was taken seriously ill this week and is currently in hospital on a life support machine. I hope he makes it.