The weather has been terrible since last weekend and there really was nothing happening in the garden. Today it finally stopped raining and was actually a bit warmer.
We hadn't seen the red-backed shrikes since the 4th of June, so we were really pleased to see the male today.
We went up to our meadow to see how the helleborine was doing. It hasn't flowered yet, but we were surprsed to see that the foxgloves, winged broom and honeysuckle are all flowering.
We saw a few forester moths flying both up on the meadow and in the garden.
When walking up to the meadow, I mentioned that I really wanted to get a photo of the brown hare we've seen around. I didn't really expect to get one, but in mid afternoon when I was looking out of the window, I saw him walking along the forest road. I'm quite happy with the photos.
I've had less luck with my other photographic challenge: to get a decent photo of the swifts, swallows and house martins as they splash into the pond. They do this every day that the sun is shining, but it is really difficult to frame and focus on the water and to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze their movement. I'm getting better at it and I'll post pictures up until the point I get one I'm happy with. I'm nowhere near that yet as you can see.
In the late afternoon, I was pulling up some grasses in the garden when I came across I really nice micro moth. This was Incurvaria praelatella, which I don't think has been recorded in the Schwarzwald before.