Spring Firsts

Bird News: Ibsley Waterredshank 4, oystercatcher 2. Ivy LakeCetti’s warbler 1. Woodlandbrambling 1

A very quiet day for  birds today, the fine weather seems to have prompted almost all of the winter visitors to leave, but the poor weather in southern Europe is stopping the summer visitors from getting to us. The only summer migrants I encountered today were a scatter of chiffchaff. Remaining small birds from the winter were a few lesser redpoll and siskin and a single brambling. The lack of summer visitors did not mean that there were no signs of spring though, the mute swans that have been nest building for some time near the Ivy North hide have completed the nest now and the pen was sitting on it today, possibly egg laying but maybe just trying it for size.

mute swan on nest with strategically placed reedmace stem.

There was a lot of bird song again this morning, as usual the top singer was the song thrush high in the alder just behind the Woodland hide.

song thrush in full voice

The night was fairly warm and calm, so the moth trap was quite busy and included two new species for the year the first was an early tooth striped.

early tooth striped

The second new species was a brindled pug, or at least that is what I think it is, I confess I still find pugs mislead me from time to time.

brindled pug

The day got very warm from late morning and there were more butterflies than I have seen flying all year, most were red admiral, but I also saw my first peacock of the year and others also saw brimstone and comma. I tried, but failed to get a picture of the peacock and was equally unsuccessful with the first grass snake of the year. I took a look at a few of the flowering willows for early hoverflies, but only found bees, including both buff-tailed bumblebees and a few honey bees.

honey-bee on sallow bloom


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