Pleasant week with good sunny periods towards the week ending which resulted in a few species of butterfly appearing Orange tip coming in in good numbers, with Peacock, Speckled Wood and Comma briefly putting in an appearance. Other insects about this week are good numbers of St Marks Fly, a very common black fly that has its rear legs dangling when it flys and so named because they emerge around St Marks Day (25th April) and can be seen in flight in the month of May.
Birds have been few this week with mainly summer migrants taking top position Swallow, Blackcap and Chiffchaff all loud this week with the resident birds taking 2nd place the vocal ones being Wren, Song Thrush and Chaffinch
St Marks Fly
A dry sunny week resulted in in 7 species of butterfly being seen this week Green-veined White, Large White, Orange tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, not in fantastic numbers but great to see so many species on the wing.
Another surprise this week was a new bird species, managed to track down a Garden Warbler, different in looks to a Blackcap but song very similar. Other birds this included Swallows (now around the usual nest site), Blackcaps battling it out with a Song Thrush on a morning to see who is the loudest, Nuthatch back around the bird table, along with Blue Tit, Great Tit and Robins, Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Wren and Jay out in the wooded areas
Species this week : Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Great Tit, Jay, Mallard, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Swallow, Wren