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15 Apr 2013 17:37 #575 by Barry C
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A sign of spring or of summer; how many Swallow's do you need for it to be summer? More than the one, that I saw today (Monday April 15th) I suspect! My single Swallow was feeding over the field across the road from the Knapp Sawmill.

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19 Apr 2013 13:32 #577 by Barry C
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It looks like spring has arrived for real this time! Today (Friday 19th April) I saw four house martins all inspecting nest sites, and also my first butterfly of the year, a small tortoiseshell, feeding on heather flowers.

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22 Apr 2013 21:52 #578 by Stuart Gordon
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Further sign of spring. Adult Comma butterfly found fluttering inside glasshouse at Knapp on 19th April. Soon escaped and flew off. Spotted again on 20th April.

It looked in good condition and had just emerged from overwintered hibernation.

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23 Apr 2013 19:41 #579 by Gordon
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I have a male black cap regularly feeding at fat balls over the past few days. It has been joined occasionally by a black cap where the cap is brown which I think might be the female. Are they common migrants here as I don't recall seeing them before or have I just not being paying attention?

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23 Apr 2013 21:30 - 23 Apr 2013 21:34 #580 by Barry C
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The female Blackcap has a rusty red head, the best way to detect them is by the song more detail and the song can be found here We had a Blackcap in the garden tonight, in previous years they have nested in our garden and on the Glebe. As I have only found the nest late in the season, I do not know if the breeding was successful.
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23 Apr 2013 23:04 #581 by Barry C
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On the first of March I spotted my first Bat of the year, it has taken until tonight to spot a second one! For most birds last year was a dreadful year one and it was the same for bats, so let’s hope that this is the start of a good summer for all.

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