Sunday, 27 April 2008

Garden Today

Didn't manage to get out today but a few hours spent in the garden revealed some nice bits. 3 Sparrowhawks and the Peregrines from the Cathedrel were all in the air together at one point this afternoon. Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Robin were all recorded in the garden, whilst the Sycamores at the back of the garden held singing Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. These Sycamores (6 mature trees) are supporting an impressive variety of nesting species, especially in the ivy growing around them, in particular 3 pairs of Wood Pigeon, 2 pairs of Collard Dove, 2 pairs of Blackbird, a pair of Robin and a pair of Jays. The previously mentioned Warbler species are also probably nesting in this area. A male Orange tip butterfly was not only a first for the garden but also the year.

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