There were quite a few butterflies on the wing, 7 species to be exact, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock (at least 12 of the latter), plus Small White and three new ones for the year, Large White and the two Hedge Garlic feeding species, Green-veined White and Orange-tip.
|Orange-tip and Peacock butterflies - 2 of 7 species seen today|
Blackcaps have now arrived in good numbers with 3+ singing in the woods, together with 4 Chiffchaff but only 1 Willow Warbler. The little stream in the woods held a Grey Wagtail and several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and Nuthatch were calling. Only 3 Sand Martin were over the river but with them was also the only new bird of the year, a Swallow. Most of the wildfowl have now gone apart from the resident Mallard and Mute Swans, together with 9 Tufted Duck and 2 Canada Geese. I just had a passing glance at these before heading off to the woods.
Lumley Wood is a smashing wood for spring flowers and has most of the species typical of northern mixed wood. Amongst those I had in flower today were Wood Anemone, Wild Cherry, Wood-sorrel, Bluebell, Hedge Garlic, Ramsons, Ground-ivy, Holly, Wych Elm and Hairy Woodrush.
|Common Dog Violet|