Marsh Tit garden tick!
pointed tail feather ends suggest this may be a 1st year bird dispersing
The afternoon dog walk was my responsibility so I decided to head in the direction of Scatterdells Woods instead of the farmland behind the RSSKL for change of scenery. Gulls are on the slight increase with 22 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the playing field of the KL School. 2 Whitethroats, 3 Skylarks and 1 Yellowhammer completed the bird scene but by far the highlight was another patch first in Scatterdells Wood.
I'd forgotten about my target species that I was hoping to find here but after working my way through the overgrown footpath, I suddenly stumbled on exactly what I was looking for, a female SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARY!! A welcome patch first for myself and a stunning show of too. She landed a couple inches from my leg and too frightened to spook her I reached for my phone hoping to get a quick picture. Unfortunately, she flew but after a short disappearance I was treated to more prolonged views and a great opportunity to photograph her.
female Silver-washed Fritillary