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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.