The first butterfly seen was a Common Blue, then a well worn, almost see through Small Copper, a few Small Whites flitted about, and just one Large White. My butterfly sighting of the day was finding the first large Skipper of the year, not a very exciting species to look at, but nice to see one :-) Other butterflies seen were Peacock and Red Admiral.
Whilst in the Tree Nursery the only birds of note were the KESTREL and a flyover LESSER BLACKBACKED GULL, however I was surprised when no less than 3 TURTLE DOVES settled on the telephone wires above the hedgerow, more than Ive seen for a while! Over at Migrant Alley, I saw a few Damselflies, Common Blue and Beautiful Demoisel sat still long enough to be photographed. Birds of note here were fewer than the Tree Nursery, just a SPARROWHAWK that was carrying prey back to a probable nest site. I suppose the two singing SKYLARKS deserve a mention though :-)
Above and below: My first large Skipper of the year.
This is one of the Turtle Doves on the wire, the other two flew before I got the photo - shame.
and finally, This adult male BLACKBIRD had his work cut out, he was feeding no less than 4 well grown fledged young, I got three in the shot but the other one went into the untidy mess of vegetation that is my garden - Proper habitat :-)