It was another glorious morning today, so I took a walk down to the sea. The busy summer season is now upon us so the beaches are packed with people - but not here :
The tide was a way out, and there were numerous gulls along the waterline and Oystercatchers calling noisily as they patrolled the sand :
Closer in, Turnstones were resting or feeding :
It was wonderful to sit on the sea wall and just watch and listen - the only sounds being the birds calling.
I took the track back along the fields. Lots of butterflies - mainly Small White and Gatekeepers - were enjoying the sun amongst the brambles and wildflowers along the field edges :
The thistles looked fluffy and glorious :
And as a real bonus, on one of the weirdly windswept trees on the open field, a Green Woodpecker :
A wonderful end to a walk, and all on my doorstep.