8th April 2017

The first two Swallows of the spring, bringing the year list to 73 species, were a welcome and slightly overdue sight as they flew through Canons Farm. A Rook flew over Fames Rough and warbler counts in the BW sector produced 10 Blackcaps and 17 Chiffchaffs, while six Pheasants was a good total for the sector. Back at the farm, a Grey Heron flew over and a Pied Wagtail was seen at Legal & General.

The butterflies provided much of the interest today, headlined by two Green Hairstreaks: one at Coneyboro Hill and the other at Fames Rough. Two Speckled Woods, a Large White and a Green-veined White in BW were also new for the year, while 20 Brimstones, seven Peacocks, seven Orange-tips, five Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma were also logged there.

Grey Heron
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Ian Magness (photos), Ian Pratley and Ian Ward