The mandarin are free flying birds that crop up all over the parish, but favour a flooded gravel pit where there is plenty of fallen willows for them to roost and nest. Here, too was the pair of teal, a new bird for this site. Nuthatches were at nest holes whilst coal tits were in the local firs. Still no goldcrests to see.
A walk over the golf course failed to provide a hoped for wheatear, a regular haunt for them on spring migration. Maybe tomorrow? A dawn chorus walk over this patch on Sunday morning may provide a sighting.
Butterflies were even more evident than yesterday: 20+ small tortoiseshells, 6 peacocks and 2 brimstone males.
|Aging barn owl at his tree. Been present for 6+ years here.|
|2 flyover canada geese. Not a regular village sight|
|white dead nettle (lamium alba)|
|red version of cowslip. (garden escape?)|
|one of over 20 small tortoiseshells seen this morning|
|mandarin drake at Westland Green|