A Goshawk flies across in front of us at a junction of forest tracks. I've never seen one in the wild before but the buzzard-sized body along with wings that are more like those of a sparrowhawk in proportion, make it instantly recognisable. It's a bird of prey well suited to these woods of lofty pines. The soaring flight of the buzzard makes it better adapted for more open country. I imagine that this powerful-looking hawk could dodge and dive amongst the forest trees without difficulty, like a sparrowhawk patrolling our back garden with its smaller scale obstacles of shrubs and ornamental trees.
We notice several Wood Ant nests at the foot of conifers. The nests are domed, about a yard across and as much high. They are built up from conifer needles and other twiggy debris. After the recent cool weather there isn't much ant activity today.
The sun brings out this large and colourful dragonfly, a male Southern Hawker, which rests sunning itself on a branch overhanging a stream alongside the forest track.
Café FloraIn Fuschl, sitting out for cakes and coffee at the Café Flora, under the now welcome shade of the awning, I sketch the church and a Buddleia bush that is attracting dozens of Red Admiral butterflies.