In July, the comings and goings of April and May begin to be reversed. With the sheer physical effort of breeding over, the summer migrants must first recover their strength, renew their feathers and get ready for the long haul back to their summer lodgings.
On their journey home, the birds tend to stay for a bit longer on the course than in the spring. It is important for them to feed well before they attempt the hazardous journey and they will seek to increase their bodyweight as much as possible before they leave; a form of avian carboloading.
The course is still enhanced by our wild flowers and the yellow horned poppy is in evidence. Flowers of course mean butterflies and we begin to see second or even third broods of some of the more common species.