The main thing I noticed was how busy and full the dawn chorus is. Many of the species I saw or heard today were actually rather scarce in Greece and I realised how I take our 'normal' daily species for granted. The other thing I noticed today is how many juvenile birds have fledged in the two weeks I have been away. The main species being Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits but there is now also Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff fledglings around.
A Painted Lady was really nice surprise and the first I've seen locally this year. Several Common Blue butterflies were around but are now rather tatty and well past their best. I was concentrating on finding dragons and damsels again and had some good results. I found fifteen plus freshly emerged Black-tailed Skimmers and one Four-spotted Chaser. Common Blue Damselflies were by far the most numerous with easily a few hundred around if not more. They are outnumbering the Azure Damselflies by around 50:1 now.