Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Little Ringed Plover
Grey Partridge

Peacock Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell

What a brilliant day for birdwatching. Sunny, warm and still, perfect conditions and to prove it have seen two swallows, it must be summer! Mick visited Tilery wood, yet again, and saw the crossbills, siskin, chiffchaff and buzzard and his first peacock butterfly of the year. Continued down to the Jewish Cemetry in Hartlepool where he saw his first swallow fly through and also his first comma butterfly of the year. 4 avocets along with one little ringed plover at Greatham Creek. I was stuck in school all day but as it was still lovely and sunny at 4.30 made Mick take me down to Dormans Pool where we saw plenty of tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies. I also managed to see the little ringed plover as well as a pair of mergansers and 4 avocet at very close quarters. Before dark we managed to see the fox down the zinc works road at North Gare along with two grey partridge, two wheatear and a short eared owl.

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