Back to work today after the easter hols, and what was the weather like today ? Wall to wall sunshine ! After all that cold, wet and cloud over easter, now it turns nice, someone, somewhere is 'avin a larf' !!!!!
At least I had the afternoon in what was left of the nice weather, although the sun had turned hazy and the wind had picked up, it was still a pleasant walk. I checked out the lakeside scrub for any newly arrived migrant birds, but if there were any, they were quiet today, only the the normal fare of TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, and GOLDCREST were seen, plus the already arrived migrant species, CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP, but with all of them giving some song, along with the common species, it sounded much more springlike than recent days.
Whilst in the lakeside scrub I found my first Comma Butterfly of the year, as well as my first Brimstone butterfly, Peacock was also seen on the wing, whilst just above the woodland floor scores of Bee flies hovered about.
An hour over at Migrant alley produced 4 Raptor species, PEREGRINE x2, that were mobbing a BUZZARD, KESTREL ( in the usual place!) and SPARROWHAWK, of which there seemed to be one everytime I scanned the sky! Also seen were a couple of YELLOWHAMMER, and 3 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS on the sheep pasture.
I didn't add any thing to the month or year list today, but it was just good to be out in some sunshine at last!!!
Above: My first Comma of the year, Below: a PEACOCK