Stormy skies gave way on Wednesday to bright blue skies and high temperatures. I recorded 24 degrees in a sheltered spot. The sun was out and so were the butterflies and in good numbers. Our first orange tips were about and the first ladies smock in flower (hence one or two eggs were found - butterflies don't hang about)! There is plenty more to come so hopefully this year will be another record one for this attractive butterfly.
I spotted this chiffchaff eating the sallow catkins; I suspect getting some energy from the nectar.
I also watched a pair buzzards who looked like they were pairing up, the male spiralling and turning in display and the femal sitting on a fence post taking notice then flying off with him. A green woodpecker flew noisily across the main pool.
All in all there is a significant amount of activity and plenty of bird song now. I am looking forward to the next week or so when I hope to hear our cuckoo which usually arrives around the 18th - 22nd.
No suggestions for the last quiz so here is is answer.....orange tip wing pattern. Here is another to test your skills. Again, it's not here yet but it won't be too long.
Paul, Feckenham Wylde Moor