A fantastically sunny day, but cold in the strong SW wind at times. A visit to Ditton Quarry at lunchtime yielded my first Swift of the year flying fast NE and also the first Garden Warbler I've heard at the quarry this year. I went with the intent of looking for butterflies and had 2x Red Admiral, 1x Speckled Wood, 1x Small Copper, 2x Common Blue, 1x Brown Argus (or female Common Blue). Also an interesting and colourful moth - identity yet to be checked (see photo).
Passing through East Farleigh after work I noticed a very large, mixed flock of gulls in a tilled field between Forge Lane and Lower Road (TQ738533). A quick scan revealed at least 5x Med Gulls in fantastic summer plummage, but suspecty the number had been higher if I'd been able to get a better view of a separate flock at the bottom end of the field.
A trip down to the lakes even later after work resulted in 7x Nightingales (1 showed very well on top off brambles at north end of Abbeymeads), 3x Cetti's Warbler, numerous Whitethroat, Blackcap and Sand Martin. No sign of Hobbies, Whimbrels or Little Gulls though! 4x Hairy Dragonflies were seen (inc 2 females).
A second Swift was seen scything across New Hythe Lane, Larkfied and under the eaves of a house on my way back from the lakes. The world still spins round!