Saturday had started well with a couple of Early Greys in the trap.
Perfect spring morning in the Wyre, hard to know where to look. Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Butterflies and Bumble Bee's all vying for attention.Here's a bit of Willow Warbler video..
|Buff tailed Bumblebee, Wyre|
The butterflies were as keen as me, out nice and early. I had only just clapped eyes on my first Comma of the year when a yellow flash diverted my attention, a Brimstone ! For the next 10 minutes I trailed it at distance as he headed up and down the track, finally pushing on a few hundred yards. Eventually he settled and allowed me a chance to get a few snaps.
|Brimstone , Wyre|
I left him resting and moved on. A Male and Female Redstart was really nice to observe for a few minutes. No sign of Large Reds at the pool yet, but my first Tree Pipit of the year showed really well singing on treetop then gave a little display flight, dropping down in front of me
The Woodpeckers were drumming and calling with gusto, and 3 Blackcaps ( 2♂) were very lively down by the bridge at the Car Park end of Dowles.
|First Blackcaps of the year t|
On the patch on the way home, via Chaddersly wood, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells were in good numbers. a heady total of four butterfly species in one day ! Red Tailed Bumble Bee was a new patch tick. This, Buff Tailed and Tree Bumblebee have now been recordedt here too this year.
|You wait all year to see 1, then 2 come along together !|
On Sunday the wind was stronger and cooler, with cloud cover. Consequently my hopes for a good invert session were dashed. There was not much happening bird wise either, and my weekend seemed to be going out on a flat note, save for seeing the Swallow numbers building. That was until I rechecked the paddocks, and found my first ever patch Yellow Wagtail ! It hung around for 15 minutes before heading NW. Superb !
|Yellow Wagtail..get in !|