The bird feeder in the garden was certainly popular, but the only fairly unusual bird to visit it in my presence was this marsh tit (right).
Went for a fantastic walk today, over fields and along a wooded footpath alongside a tinkling stream. The summer drizzle was barely an inconvenience. This beautiful pink flower (left) was growing at the roadside; I didn’t recognise it at all; in fact my Collins wild flower guide makes it ‘rare’ in the south. I believe this is common bistort.
The warm dampness seems perfect for bracket fungi, like these two fun guys:
The best one though, was this medium-sized spider. I noticed a small sheet web fitting snugly to the bark of a tree, and tickled the web to see if I could coax out some tiny spider. I wasn’t expecting this beast to emerge from behind a fold of bark and attack the grass stem I was using. The spider looks like a Segestria, although the web is nothing like web of the large florentina we get in Kent – I have not seen any of those here.
Chris at Rye Harbour identified it as a Coelotes species, almost certainly Coelotes atropos from the geographical location.