Spring flowers are emerging, insects are moving, birds are nesting, toads are ‘courting’ and some of our summer bird migrants are being to appear. Swallows were seen on 11th April and on the 14th, a female black redstart was photographed at Cobbs Woods Farm. Generally these birds like derelict buildings for nest sites – they’ve got it right at Cobbs Wood Farm !. Black Redstarts have been seen for about two years in the buildings but so far no proof of nesting.
Along the newly laid hedgerow a wren was caught singing out against what I think was a blackcap in full voice
Cobbs wood seems to be the place to be, but take care crossing the road, these two toads were lucky as I spotted them in the middle of the farm road, heading I think for a small pond in the Wood Stackyard
Insects are beginning to show with plenty of Bee Flies around, this one settled on a leaf and allowed me within an inch using a Canon G16 camera slowed the speed down maximum but it doesn’t seem to make any difference
A couple of hoverflies more to come hopefully as we get warmer and more flowers
Spiders are creeping out slowly, on the 17th April a Walnut Orb and a Crab Orb web spider
Lastly adding to the Butterfly list, a Holly Blue flitted around the garden