A repeat of the warm and sunny weather was had this afternoon, a fantastic day for wildlife watching.
I spent 90 mins in the Scrubby Wood and lake area today, mainly chasing butterflies for a photo, with not a great deal of success! However 9 Species of butterfly were seen, 3 of those, the Brimstone, ( a really good record on my patch) the Red Admiral and the Speckled Wood were new for the year, the others species seen were Holly Blue, Comma, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Orange Tip.
As well as the butterflies there were a few birds about as well, but in the warmth of the sunshine they weren't too active. BLACKCAPS and CHIFFCHAFFS remain the loudest songsters, and I was pleased to hear two WILLOW WARBLERS as well today, no doubt they are just passing through though. GOLDCREST and COAL TITS were also singing, but less exuberantly, whilst nearby a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was heard to drum.
On the lakes today, there were 6 CANADA GEESE, 1 MOORHEN and the 2 COOTS, the female is now sitting on a nest, exciting times for this first time breeder!
Later in the afternoon I walked around the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, alas no Wheatear was seen, but two new species for April were recorded when first a LITTLE OWL (60) was heard calling from the Greenhouse Copse, and just minutes later a PEREGRINE (61) flew over. The KESTREL was also up hunting, but there was no sign of the Sparrowhawk or a Buzzard.
I managed a few photo's today, first up is one of a pair of Coal TitsOne of the Canada Geese