High SummerSunday 18th June 2000
A SMALL COPPER butterfly flies over the lawn where it lands to sun itself.
With the temperature in the shade at 26° centigrade, House Sparrows are regular visitors to the pebbles at the edge of the pond. They drink, flick the water about with their beaks and some of them bathe with a whirr of their wings.
Some sparrows pick insects or spiders from the Broom which is now covered with downy green pea-like pods, with only a few straggly flowers remaining.
One female hops about on a tumbled Hellebore and puts up a small grey moth. it zips after the moth, catches it in its beak just eighteen inches from the ground, then lands in the flowerbed to eat it.