Back home, at lunch time, I saw the male BULLFINCH at the feeders again, and he had brought his mate in with him ( below)
After the garden excitement, I had my usual walk over to the lake and Scrubby Woods area, I looked at the lakes first, and found 7 MALLARDS, 2 MOORHEN, one COOT, and 8 CANADA GEESE with 4 GOSLINGS, I also sat and watched a heron for a few minutes, it fished very successfully, bringing out fish after fish. It was a bit distant, and in some very harsh light, but I took these photo's of it below. You can see a fish it caught if you click on the photo and enlarge it :-)
In the Scrubby Woods I checked up on the COLLARED DOVE nest, the chick had moved from the nest and onto a nearby branch, I reckon I can add this to the confirmed breeding list now, the 25th species this year.
Also in the woods a pair of CUCKOO'S were seen, the female was being scolded by DUNNOCKS, a hopeful sign that she has layed an egg. TURTLE DOVES, CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAPS were the other summer species noted, and overhead a KESTREL was seen, the first one for 5 days now.
Few butterflies were seen here today, just the 3 White species and the Speckled wood, also fewer Damsels were about, but the one below was new for the year, a Blue Tailed Damselfly.
A stop off at the Tree Nursery was made on the way home, where the COMMON WHITETHROAT was still singing, and a few more Butterfly species were seen, this Meadow Brown was the first one of the spring, and the 16th butterfly species for this year