I first visited the Tree Nursery to look for Butterflies, there were a few about, mainly Meadow Browns, of which I found at least 25, I also found what i think is my first Small Skipper of the year, maybe someone would confirm this for me :-)
As I passed along the hedgerow, the sound of young nestlings could be heard, a female CHAFFINCH was 'alarming' nearby, so it was probably hers, a little further on this DUNNOCK sat on a post, and waited for me to pass before feeding a mixture of bugs to its young that were also in the hedgerow. Click on image to see the 'Bug Lunch'!
Below are a couple of Photo's of what I think may be a Small Skipper
Below is one of the many Meadow Browns seen
I left for the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, seeing a KESTREL on the way, and was also glad to find a well grown fledged WOOD PIGEON sitting up in a large Hawthorn bush, good to find one of those for the breeding list at last.
On the Water, there were families of both CANADA and GREYLAG GEESE, as well as a COOT, two MOORHEN and two MALLARD. I walked the Scrubby Woods, looking for Damsels, Dragons, Butterflies and any more fledged young for the breeding list, the only Damsel was a White legged, and the only butterflies were more Meadow Browns and two Red Admirals, I didn't find any Dragonflies or any new bird species for the breeding list though. Just one or two of BLACKCAP, CHIFFCHAFF and TURTLE DOVE sang but no Cuckoo today, I may have heard the last of those this spring.