Sightings Diary

April 2012

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Male Orange-tip Butterfly
Wye Valley, Tintern to Goodrich - English/Welsh Border

06.04.12 to 08.04.12 - 10 to 15 degrees, sun, showers, light wind

Birds - Green Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Kingfishers, Goosanders, Mandarin Ducks, Linnets, Willow Warblers, Yellow Hammers, Skylarks, Swallows, Peregrine Falcon, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Woodpigeons, Crows, Robins, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Pheasants, Mallard Ducks, Mute Swans, Chiffchaffs, Chaffinches, Moorhens, Canada Geese, Buzzards, Ravens, Wrens, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Rooks, House Sparrows, Pied Wagtails, Long-tailed Tits, Jays.



Chiffchaff



Mute Swan



Cormorant

Wild Flowers - Yellow Archangel, Ransomes, Broom, Wood Sorrel, Early Purple Orchids, Bluebells, Cow Parsley, Field Speedwell, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Crab Apple Blossom, Herb Robert, Lesser Stitchwort, Greater Stitchwort, Ash Flowers, Wild Cherry Blossom, Daisies, Larch Needles, Wild Current leaves and flowers, Birch leaves, Spindle leaves, Ground Ivy, Cuckooflowers, Dogs Mercury, Dandelions, White Deadnettle, Dog Violets, Wood Spurge, Wood-rush, Elm leaves, Primroses, Wood Anemones, Bitter-cress, Hazel leaves.



Yellow Archangel



Bluebells



Wild Cherry Blossom



Hawthorn



Ash



Cuckooflower

Others - Otter, Wood Mice, Fallow Deer, Squirrels, Green Veined White Butterfly, Orange-tip Butterflies, Holly Blue Butterfly, Brimstone Butterfly.



Male Orange-tip Butterfly



Green-veined White



Comma Butterfly

Private Estate - Dorset

12.04.12 - 12 degrees, sun, showers/hail, light wind

Birds - Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Kingfishers, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrushes,, plus all the usual :-)

Other - Early Purple Orchids, Herb Paris, Cuckooflowers, Orange-tip Butterflies, Small White, 9 Roe Does, 1 Roe Yearling, 3 Roe Bucks



Roe Doe



Early Purple Orchid

Topsham (March) and Duryard Area Exeter (April)



Mute Swan



Mallard Drakes



Cormorant



Mute Swan



Female Sparrowhawk on Nest - Heavily Cropped

Private Estate- Dprset

27.04.12 - 13 degrees, sun, showers, light wind

Birds - Blackcaps, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Swallows, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Dunnocks, Robins, Jackdaws, Mallard Ducks, Blue Tits, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Crows, Coal Tits, Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed Tits, Greater-spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Collard Doves, Pied Wagtails, Great Tits, Buzzards, Chaffinches, Pheasants.



Blackcap



Greenfinch



Goldfinch



Dunnock

Wild Flowers - Early Purple Orchid, Fox and Cubs, Bugle, Yellow Archangel, Selfheal, Primroses, Ramsons, Dandelions, White Dead-nettle, Red Dead-nettle, Cow Parsley, Alexanders, Meadow Buttercup, Field Speedwell, Celandines, Bluebells, Ground Ivy, Dog's Mercury, Dove's-Foot Crane's-bill, Lesser Stitchwort, Garlic Mustard, Daisies, Blackthorn Blossom, Cuckooflowers, Wood Anemone, Wood Sorrel, Red Campion, Lords-and -ladies, Greater Stitchwort, Herb Robert, Wood Spurge, Wild Cherry Blossom, Dog Violets, Wild Strawberry, Germander Speedwell, Hawthorn Blossom.



Ripple Ice Cream (Hawthorn Blossom)



Red Campion



Bugle



Garlic Mustard



Wood Anemone

Butterflies - Peacock, Orange-tips, Speckled Wood



Male Orange-tip Butterfly



Peacock Butterfly