Enjoying my breakfast porridge al fresco this morning I saw a white-rumped bumble bee gathering pollen from one of our blousy poppies which I had to photograph and on our walk round ANR later on a female brimstone butterfly posed for us on a red campion flower. The male is bright yellow like sulphur. Brimstone is an archaic name for sulphur.
Before we went out for our walk a green woodpecker dropped into the garden for a feast of ants. In the video clip below it is possible to see ants crawling all over its feathers. The best way of viewing this is to go to beestonbirdman.blog. Clicking on the link in this notification email may take some time for the clip to download.
A jay flew across our path as we walked alongside the River Trent and then posed nicely on a branch for me to get several good shots.