A whirr of red and black on the wing announces the six-spot burnet moth, not seen here in numbers for the last six years. Some years entirely absent. It's a striking moth and its underwing is scarlet, its clubbed antennae silvery blue.
In the afternoon, we heard and saw a willow warbler flitting through the bushes- carrying insects to its young, signalling them to keep quiet.
Lady's bedstraw is budding and soon its honey-scented yellow flowers will be abundant.
After weeks of hot weather with the ground parched for lack of rain the Jet Stream shifts, Atlantic Weather and Storm Hector is on its way. Strong winds more of a feature than rain, perhaps. Due 14 June. How will all those nestlings fare? The young skylark amongst the tussocks, young willow warblers. Several reports of adders basking, not today.
On Cairngorm, winds reach 104 mph. Think of those snow bunting and dotterel, with eggs, with young.