Two Chiffchaffs, in a different spot to any of the 22 at the weekend were singing this morning, but again in unsuitable habitat and most likely just passing through.
The Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) planted and regenerating on the estate has now burst into flower, the first of the Acers around here to flower, usually followed in a few weeks by the Field Maple and then Sycamore at the end of the month.
I had time for nothing but a very quick look and listen along the side of the Hermitage Woods. As I waited around I took a photograph of the Yellow Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) which was present on nearly every tree.
|Lichen (Xanthoria parietina)|
A few more Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were singing but I couldn't hear any Willow Warblers. It was a good spot for finches with Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch singing, I heard a Bullfinch and both Linnet and Lesser Redpoll flew over. A sandy, scrubby little bank was more sheltered, though no butterflies were about, two Large Red-tailed Bumblebee were and I saw three of what I came here for for, Tawny Mining Bee. These Mining Bees which make their nests in loose soil and produce little cone-shaped spoil tips with the spoil they tip out.
|Tawny Mining Bee|
I didn't stay long but did get another Tawny, this time a Tawny Owl that I flushed from one of the Scot's Pines. Two different Tawnies were nice but no white butterflies yet, still it can't be long.