5 blackcaps were heard and seen, but their skulking nature meant no worthwhile photos. 9 chiffchaffs were also heard along with wrens, robins, song thrushes, blackbirds, chaffinches and tits all in good voice.
A flyover cormorant was a good parish record, as was a goldcrest collecting nest building material in Millfield Lane. By the cricket ground a party of 3 bullfinches were notes as well as a drumming great spotted woodpecker and 2 calling green woodpeckers.
Flowers were everywhere, with lesser celandine, dog violet, white dead nettle and red dead nettle being predominant. However, new for the year list were coltsfoot, field for get me not and red campion. However, an often overlooked plant, green alkanet was found in Hoecroft Lane, a new species for the parish.
|red and white dead nettles|
|brilliant blossom on blackthorn|
|Ford Hill verge showing primrose and dog violet|
|long tailed tit.|