There was an absolutely spectacular show of butterflies – mostly meadow browns but also skippers, tortoiseshells and even a marbled white – along the first bit of path starting opposite and downstream of Snipe Meadow this morning. The thistles were covered in them. The butterflies were late starting because of the long cold spring but they appear to have caught up at last.
Also a kingfisher went by with a fish in its beak! It veered off into the woods on the far bank before the first weir. That suggests there may have been a hatching. Could there be a nest along Glapthorn Brook like there was in July last year?
There’s still no activity at the old nest so this sighting looks promising. Of course, the fish could be part of a courtship ritual but when it’s being held head first in the presentation position there’s always a temptation to think that means there are chicks to be fed.