After checking the moths I managed to snatch a couple of hours at the castle, there were a few bits and pieces about, still several young birds BLACKCAPS, GARDEN WARBLER, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER plus the numbers of SWALLOWS seem to be growing daily with over 20 birds today. A Migrant Hawker seen just down from the moat was the first of the year for me and as I continued down the hedgerows there were good numbers of Gatekeepers and on the bird front good numbers of WHITETHROAT.
|Migrant Hawker - I think|
SEDGE WARBLER put in an appearance again and YELLOWHAMMER and REED BUNTING were both favouring the established hedge along the bottom ditch.
Walking back up to look across the valley I found Brown Argus and managed my first photo of Small Copper, while I photographed these I caught sight of a COMMON BUZZARD heading north west. I spent 20 minutes taking in the view but could only add 1 more Buzzard, and some extremely high gulls, HERRING and LESSER BLACK BACKED.