My grandma's garden once again played host to a stunning ♂ Black Redstart, later seen on the surrounding houses at lunchtime. However, instead of staying at home, I was out again on my bike, this time to some locally famous ruined castles, via some well wooded valleys. The route took me to the edge of a wood just west of Buchholz were I saw my first German Spotted Flycatcher and even better, 3♀ PIED FLYCATCHERS. I was taking prolonged notes and sketches on them and only after about 45minutes did I continue towards the ruined castles. Birds en-route included another Black Redstart, 1 Crested Tit, Marsh Tits, a juvenile Robin, 1 Red Fox and 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. The stone walls of the castle were ideal for getting up close to some lizards. I photographed two species but I am still unsure about their ID as I am still a total novice on them.
female Pied Flycatcher
a massive Grasshopper species (well camouflaged in the vegetation)