It seems like ages since I had a proper look around my so-called local patch, though I have looked in briefly a couple of times this month. Today I did it properly, got up at 6am to make the most of a lovely sunny morning, with a gentle southerly breeze. Saw a Goldcrest hover-feeding around a conifer on Lambarde Road, then at Bradbourne Lakes noticed that a large and very much still alive tree had fallen in the nearest lake. Wonder how that happened?
While sat there, I noticed a blue damsel caught by one wing in a spider's web. It was the damsel's lucky day, for the spider wasn't around - and I was. I very gently removed it from the web, and picked off a trailing bit of silk. The damsel, a male Common Blue, was in no hurry to leave, and I had a great opportunity to inspect him at point-blank range. I was also fascinated to watch him trying to clean the last bits of silk off his wings, which he did by curling up his abdomen and passing it between the wings.