Nice walk up steway lane to Bannerdown today, fairly quiet
on the migrant front with a few swallows on the high ground along with this chiffchaff,
nice Roe deer, nice to see the Coralroot(Cardamine
bulbifera)at the top of steway lane in full flower. click photos to enlarge
On 1 April, while walking along river-side looking across to trees in front of the Bath postal sorting office, not far from St John’s church, I heard a Willow Warbler in full song, and then saw three Willow Warblers feeding in the trees. This is the earliest Spring date I have ever recorded this species. (A fellow Bath Nats member I then bumped into said he had seen one the day before)! I heard another Willow Warbler at Prior Park NT gardens today (Sunday 2 April). Southerly winds have brought in more Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Also on 2 April, I saw my first male Orange Tip butterfly of 2017, again the earliest I have ever recorded. Other butterfly species seen were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and male Brimstone.