After a slight frost at dawn this morning, the day just got warmer and warmer, the best day of the year so far. All this sunshine and warmth tempted me to stay out for a five hour session on my patch today, though the good weather didn't bring in any new migrants, it did encourage much singing from the Tits, Finch's and Thrushes. Yesterday's CHIFFCHAFF was again heard at the lake, and another over at the college gardens. A KESTREL was hunting over the harrowed maize stubbles, and a little later a female SPARROWHAWK did the same, another raptor species was also seen when a pair of COMMON BUZZARDS circled on the thermals to the north of my patch.
A few winter species were still about, 2 REDWING, and a small group of SISKIN were seen at the stream side alders adjacent the college, and a couple of MEADOW PIPITS showed up at the sheep pasture, but not one Fieldfare was recorded.
Despite being out for longer than yesterday, and the improvement in the weather, todays total species reached 48, three fewer than yesterday, but five birds were recorded that didn't show yesterday, Kestrel, COAL TIT, BULLFINCH, JAY and LINNET, so 56 species for the weekend isn't a bad show.
Also noted today were my first butterfly species, a SMALL WHITE, and more excitingly, a BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY. the latter has not been seen here for some years now
Below: The female sparrowhawk that went over Migrant Alley. (Look at that blue sky!!!)
Below is that loud songster the MISTLE THRUSH.