We've been having a cool, dull summer so far, poor weather for insects, particularly butterlflies. Today though is warm, even hot and the sun is shining.
This is how the John Muir Walkway looks near Musselburgh Lagoons today
large whites, small whites, ringlets and meadow browns. None of which allowed me to take their photo, but it was delightful to watch their dancing. I was intrigued on a couple of occasions to see ringlets chasing small whites.... I'll be adding my records to the Big Butterfly Count. which is running until 9 August.
Up above the grassland (to the left of this photo) a kestrel was hunting, briefly it was chased by another kestrel, then it went back to hovering again. I've seen kestrels here almost every week this year and very rarely in previous years.
The thistles are starting to lose their downy seeds already