Archive for March 31, 2014

Signs all around that spring is finally on its way. The flowers are beginning to bloom and on the way back from collecting my mother we saw a male Brimstone butterfly flying across the road. This bright yellow male is one of our most distinctive butterflies and easily identified even at a distance.

Brimstone flying
Brimstone by Tony Hisgett (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/)

After Lunch we all went for a walk around the Tarn. There was plenty of evidence of nest building (especially amongst the small birds) although there were not any nests or incubating yet that I could see for the geese or waterbirds.

Coot

Coot

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)