Lunchtime ramblings started by the stream where many Three-spined Sticklebacks were darting too and fro. This male, in spawning colours, hung around long enough to have his protrait taken. Despite being only a couple of centimetres long, Sticklebacks were used (in yesteryear) for the production of oil and fish-meal, especially in the White Sea and German haffs.
Took this snap of a Green-bottle (or something like that), only to realise that there was a wee spid just near it. The spid has evidently spun a minute web in the hole of the leaf.
Nice Black-tailed Skimmer trying its hardest to put in a spot of sun bathing on what was not a very sunny day.
I then started to look for moths on the various trees - this was prompted by my finding a Small Emerald moth the other day when I didn't have the camera with me.
Upon reaching on of the conifers, my attention was drawn to a few white streaks on the bark - surely the sign of a nest above me somewhere. Looking up - two fine Tawny Owls were looking down at me. Tawny Owls are heard on the site throughout the late winter and Spring nights - this was the first sighting for me.
With my 'tree trunk hunting' having been such a success so far, I managed to convince The Good Lady Wiff that a quick post-work walk on the site would be nice. After searching several of the lime trees, this superb Lime Hawk Moth was located hanging on the bark, waiting for night fall.