Upon receiving a phone call of birding friend Craig Constance, I was quite pleased to hear that Spotted Flycatchers have taken residence in Pontypool Park. They are quite wide-spread in the Uk but late breeders and very illusive. I was lucky to sneak up on this one behind a hedge while it was feeding. Our local park has so much to offer and today I was reminded and rewarded for my patience. 

Spotted Flycatcher

Was also very surprised to see so many Marbled White Butterflies alongside the Ski slope. Because the grass is on a steep bank they've held back on cutting. The meadow is quite healthy with Burnet Moths, Small/Large Skippers, Meadow Browns and Marbled Whites aplenty. I've seen more Marbled Whites here than anywhere else this year, including Llandegfedd which is usually a hotspot. 

Marbled White

Small Skipper