A mild and sunny day on the patch today...making conditions ideal for butterflies. Enough of those for now, birds first.
A Willow Warbler was singing from trees along Stanklyn Lane and a Chiffchaff was singing from Stanklyn Wood. 2 Blackcaps were singing along Heath Lane and 2 Chiffchaffs were present in trees/bushes next to the Islamic School playing fields. Also, 2 Common Buzzards and a Kestrel were seen soaring.
At the Butts Lane/Bars Lane area there were c.30 Linnets and 2 Yellowhammers present. Whilst at this location 2 Swallows and a ♀ Sparrowhawk flew through.
Today's highlight came from Witch Lane where a dowdy ♂ Wheatear was present (this was most likely a first year bird). The ♂ Blackcap was again present here and a Meadow Pipit flew over heading NW.
As mentioned earlier butterflies were very much in evidence with Orange Tip being the most abundant. Good numbers of Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell were also evident. Whilst on Witch Lane I picked up a couple of butterfly year ticks in Small White and Green-veined White.
Orange Tip (male) - 10th April 2011:
Peacock - 10th April 2011:
Wheatear - 10th April 2011: