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24th August 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

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I walked across to Stoke Park this morning before it was too hot and before the light was too bright; so no excuses about the light today.

I was hoping to see a whinchat. My mission was soon accomplished and so I then went in search of other birds and insects.

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I was surprised to see a dozen swifts – I thought they had all departed. During the last  week I have seen house martins, swallows and swifts over Duchess Pond.

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There was a buzzard over the woods.

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Around Duchess Pond a grey heron posed and occasionally flew from one patch to another.

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There was a Painted Lady butterfly and several damselflies and dragonflies.

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The motorway was quite quiet for a change and I could have stayed all morning but, if I had, I would have had to spend the rest of the day editing hundreds of photos. So home I went and faced up to England’s dismal performance in the Test match.

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