|Plenty of wood anemone about|
|Common dog violet|
|Bury Green wren|
In East Wood and Stocking Wood, good stands of wood anemone, lesser celandine, ground ivy, dog violet, bluebells and greater stitchwort. All good to see before I arrived in Bury Green and a wander through the farmyard at Clinton's Farm. 6 swallows were new for the year and, according to Gill, who runs the farm with husband Michael, they had arrived yesterday. Good to note and virtually impossible to photograph. They were flying in and out of the barns at high speed whilst also feeding over the farm pond.
|male house sparrow at Bury Green|
|female house sparrow at Bury Green|
|moorhen on Bury Green pond|
From here, a walk along Acremore Street before taking the footpath over to Hoecroft Lane, the polo fields and Muggin's Wood. In the latter, great spotted woodpecker and common buzzard were added to the reasonable list made on the whole walk. On the edge of the wood, a fast flying peacock butterfly whilst just up from Clinton's Farm, a male brimstone nectaring upon dandelions.
In all, 11 chiffchaffs were heard along the 6 mile route, but nothing of real note was seen or heard.
A mallard pair were escorting a flock of 14 recently hatched ducklings on the pond.
|First swallows of the year|
|bluebells in Muggin's Wood|
chiffchaff, robin, great tit, blue tit, magpie, carrion crow, wren, chaffinch, dunnock, wood pigeon, blackbird, jackdaw, pheasant, skylark, long tailed tit, goldfinch, house sparrow, moorhen, starling, mallard,herring gull, swallow, yellowhammer, rook, mistle thrush, common buzzard and great spotted woodpecker. 27 species in all