They say the best things in life are free, and as far as I’m concerned I agree totally with that, as far as the great outdoors is concerned anyway. The week in the Welsh county of Merionethshire (Meirionnydd in Welsh) was excellent. Give me a pair of binoculars and time to roam and I’m happy.
This is the time of the year when I take note of every butterfly that I see, as the sightings begin to dry up. The last one, to date, was on October 24 but I was unable to identify it as it was just a brief sighting.
I did see two red admirals together in Barmouth though, followed by a small copper in grassland near Arthog, the other side of the bridge, a day earlier.
A reminder that seasons overlap, especially when the weather is mild is that although butterflies were in flight, I also counted a flock of 13 sanderling on the beach at Tal-y-Bont on October 20.
Other birds seen during the week include kestrel, little egret (most seen, 2 in the Mawddach estuary at low water), meadow pipit, raven, skylark, stonechat and treecreeper.
I came across numerous fungi species as well and I loved the slowmo footage of the very obliging dragonfly near Arthog.
Very localised, there were several small colonies of sea holly in sand dunes.
I took quite a few photographs of the natural world on my iphone camera and you can see them below.