|A couple of Reed Bunting at Daisy Hill|
|A Kestrel trying to be something else|
Some butterflies were out in the sun but after such a prolonged cold and wet spell it was not surprisingly there were not many, Orange-tip and Green-veined White were the commonest but a single Peacock and Speckled Wood were also seen. Despite a fair bit of waiting around and looking there were no sign of any Green Hairstreaks. A few Heath Moths were on the wing however.
Hoverflies were seen today, mainly Syphrus ribesii with well over 50 of both sexes counted mainly feeding on Dandelions but apart from a couple of Platycheirus albimanus, they were still not that common.
|Syphrus ribesii (lots of females about to confirm this males identity)|
A Green Tiger Beetle at Wanister was the first of the year.
|Green Tiger Beetle|
Good numbers of Tawny Mining Bee were seen at many spots. The commonest invertebrate today was the St. Mark's Fly (Bibio marci). There were thousands everywhere in the woods and on the fell.
The spring woodland flora is at last making a decent show, many of the Bluebells and Wood Forgetmenots are now out, quite a bit later than their hybrid and garden relatives to be found dumped in the more open ditches and hedgerows.