Bev and I stayed with Sye and Yve, in Aston Clinton, enjoying a very pleasant evening barbecue in their garden. Red Kites are a regular sight as they sweep over the village searching the gardens for scraps. Common Buzzards and Sparrowhawks were also noted as I kept the camera close to hand. Butterflies were very obvious, in comparison to our Kent garden, with Ringlet, Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper all being firsts for me this year.
On Sunday morning, we took a slow stroll along the Wendover Arm of the GUC where more of the same were recorded. Emperor and Brown Hawker dragonflies were added to the list, whilst woodland birds included Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Coal Tit.
I managed to get a shot of a Large Red Damselfly, for the first time, when I found one in path side rushes. Further investigation revealed several individuals to be present. If I'd had more time then I'm sure I would have been able to improve on my efforts, but we had a luncheon engagement in the White Horse at Bourne End, so I had to cut my visit short in order to arrive on time.