A quiet and short time was spent on the allotment, where much was heard and some birds observed. Highlight was the first lesser whitethroat of the year; singing from atop a bramble bush. Unfortunately, not permitting good photo opportunities. However, a great tit and dunnock gave themselves for the camera as did a first speckled wood butterfly of the season. In all, there were 5 of these species, along with 12+ orange tips and 3+ peacock butterflies. A young rabbit was also photogenic whereas 3 young leverets were too far away for a quality snap. Also singing in the scrub were blackcap, common whitethroat and chiffchaff. Unusually, no willow warblers were heard. Green woodpeckers yaffled as the rooks, with young in the nest, screeched and called until dusk.
This morning, waiting at Hadham Cross lights, three swifts were observed overhead, again, a first for the year. Two new plants were photographed, both common species: common comfrey (symphytum offcinale); good to rub on bruises and scratches and upright hedge parsley (torilis japonica)
Photos shown here are of the speckled wood butterfly, great tit and dunnock with the young rabbit to complete the set.