First up was an encounter with a Red Kite flying over the site and around the headland, including over us briefly.
Always a magnificent bird to photograph. As always I took loads and narrowed it down to the best ones, then couldn't decide which to put on here. The one below isn't quite perfect but look closely and you can him/her looking straight down the camera lens ! Look how red the forked tail is. It's grey head, a pristine condition bird, with red breast and tummy, streaked. It's brown back with fainter markings in the middle of wings and the white patches under the wings which are always obvious when in flight and identifying.
Something else that seems plentiful are hawthorn berries! There are many bushes and they are fully laden with berries. Here's hoping for some winter thrushes to feast on them!
This beetle appeared on the patio next to me so I quickly took its record shot photo. A bright mirrored green with reddish legs.
Several Feathered Ranunculus were inside too. Another species we haven't seen or recorded. Also variable in colour. Some we had were quite green. Kidney mark quite obvious here with their blended browns and greys. Feathered antennae are apparent in the males. A coastal occurring species around the UK.
Now this is not a moth - it's a caddisfly and this particular species is called Caperer. We often see caddisflies in and around the moth traps.
After the moths were released we went on a walk through the nearby sheep field, which didn't have any sheep in this time, which overlooks a marshy area surrounded by bushes and trees and reeds. Along the footpath we all spotted this species of fungus. Quite a nice looking shape. We are not knowledgeable in this area so will seek out an identification.
All of the ferns are dying back now, changing their colours from rich green in the summer months to brown.