'Sounds like a couple of jays,' remarked a passer-by.'
I hadn't the heart to tell him that it was just a couple of grey squirrels quarrelling over territories. Jays certainly sound rather similar and are far more interesting. He went on his way, walking his little dog, happy at having 'heard' these colourful corvids.
My first target was the pond. It is only a little feature; on a good day following heavy rain it has a surface area of maybe 15 square yards, but it is important and I hoped to record some water-loving insects.
The Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria, was coming into flower. Odd to think that this plant, with its foaming mass of ivory-coloured flowers is a member of the rose family.
The fragrance of meadowsweet can now be detected around the pond.
Stefen Hill Pocket park. 4 July, 2019