A gloriously sunny morning walk up Chapel Lane to Westland Green to check on the gravel pits and then on to the golf course and home. The fine weather proved to be just the stimulus for butterflies, with both brimstone and peacock being observed. Both firsts for the year. The peacock, shown here has clearly emerged from hibernation, judging by its batterered condition whereas the fast moving brimstonealso coming out of hibernation was found to be in pristine condition. A third first was added in Caley Wood when a singing chiffchaff was heard and then observed. 2 more were recorded later near The Ford.
A common buzzard glided south over the golf course where 3 green woodpeckers were witnessed. Redwings were seen in good number (25+) and two parties of fieldfares were recorded heading south west. A woodcock was flushed from undergrowth in Caley Wood just before I emerged on to the golf course, where I was greeted by a kestrel and 3 singing skylarks. No sign of yesterday's meadow pipit, so presumably a migratory bird heading north.
As well as the peacock, photos here show a male house sparrow, a singing dunnock and a symmetrical view of the pits in Caley Wood.