The group of birds consisted of around ten Long-tailed Tits and six Blue Tits with a couple of Great Tits. The Long-tailed Tits called incessantly and were in and out of the water in small groups. The Blue Tits seemed happy to share in the communal bath frolics, but the Great Tits waited until, they could bathe singly.
Pam drew my attention to this dragonfly perched on a rose bush near the bird bath. Rather easier to photograph that the flying Emperor, this is a male Southern Hawker. There are often found away from water, and they can be very inquisitive, often coming close to people, as if inspecting them. They are quite regular visitors to gardens where they patrol the area catching small insects.
The warm weather has brought a few more species of moths and amongst them this morning was this beautiful little pyralid, Evergestis limbata. It was first recorded in the UK in 1993 and I caught my first one here in 2003. This one is the 13th I've caught and is most likely now breeding locally, rather than being a migrant.