Sightings Diary

April 2012

Male Orange-tip Butterfly
Wye Valley, Tintern to Goodrich - English/Welsh Border

06.04.12 to 08.04.12 - 10 to 15 degrees, sun, showers, light wind

Birds - Green Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Kingfishers, Goosanders, Mandarin Ducks, Linnets, Willow Warblers, Yellow Hammers, Skylarks, Swallows, Peregrine Falcon, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Woodpigeons, Crows, Robins, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Pheasants, Mallard Ducks, Mute Swans, Chiffchaffs, Chaffinches, Moorhens, Canada Geese, Buzzards, Ravens, Wrens, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Rooks, House Sparrows, Pied Wagtails, Long-tailed Tits, Jays.


Mute Swan


Wild Flowers - Yellow Archangel, Ransomes, Broom, Wood Sorrel, Early Purple Orchids, Bluebells, Cow Parsley, Field Speedwell, Ivy-leaved Toadflax, Crab Apple Blossom, Herb Robert, Lesser Stitchwort, Greater Stitchwort, Ash Flowers, Wild Cherry Blossom, Daisies, Larch Needles, Wild Current leaves and flowers, Birch leaves, Spindle leaves, Ground Ivy, Cuckooflowers, Dogs Mercury, Dandelions, White Deadnettle, Dog Violets, Wood Spurge, Wood-rush, Elm leaves, Primroses, Wood Anemones, Bitter-cress, Hazel leaves.

Yellow Archangel


Wild Cherry Blossom




Others - Otter, Wood Mice, Fallow Deer, Squirrels, Green Veined White Butterfly, Orange-tip Butterflies, Holly Blue Butterfly, Brimstone Butterfly.

Male Orange-tip Butterfly

Green-veined White

Comma Butterfly

Private Estate - Dorset

12.04.12 - 12 degrees, sun, showers/hail, light wind

Birds - Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Kingfishers, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrushes,, plus all the usual :-)

Other - Early Purple Orchids, Herb Paris, Cuckooflowers, Orange-tip Butterflies, Small White, 9 Roe Does, 1 Roe Yearling, 3 Roe Bucks

Roe Doe

Early Purple Orchid

Topsham (March) and Duryard Area Exeter (April)

Mute Swan

Mallard Drakes


Mute Swan

Female Sparrowhawk on Nest - Heavily Cropped

Private Estate- Dprset

27.04.12 - 13 degrees, sun, showers, light wind

Birds - Blackcaps, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatches, Swallows, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Dunnocks, Robins, Jackdaws, Mallard Ducks, Blue Tits, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds, Crows, Coal Tits, Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed Tits, Greater-spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Collard Doves, Pied Wagtails, Great Tits, Buzzards, Chaffinches, Pheasants.





Wild Flowers - Early Purple Orchid, Fox and Cubs, Bugle, Yellow Archangel, Selfheal, Primroses, Ramsons, Dandelions, White Dead-nettle, Red Dead-nettle, Cow Parsley, Alexanders, Meadow Buttercup, Field Speedwell, Celandines, Bluebells, Ground Ivy, Dog's Mercury, Dove's-Foot Crane's-bill, Lesser Stitchwort, Garlic Mustard, Daisies, Blackthorn Blossom, Cuckooflowers, Wood Anemone, Wood Sorrel, Red Campion, Lords-and -ladies, Greater Stitchwort, Herb Robert, Wood Spurge, Wild Cherry Blossom, Dog Violets, Wild Strawberry, Germander Speedwell, Hawthorn Blossom.

Ripple Ice Cream (Hawthorn Blossom)

Red Campion


Garlic Mustard

Wood Anemone

Butterflies - Peacock, Orange-tips, Speckled Wood

Male Orange-tip Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly