More spring sightings

Mark Archer sent in a report from Walton Nature Reserve which included the following: 2 grass snakes, 6 brimstone butterflies, 8 peacock butterflies and cuckoo. Flowers in bloom included cowslip, wood anenome, colt’s-foot and celandine.

Brimstones were recorded at Walton Hall along the canal and in my garden in Ryhill we had 2 peacock butterflies and a red admiral – a good over-wintering record.

brimstone at Walton nature reserve

brimstone at Walton nature reserve

A walk round Walton golf course today provided heather with great views of whitethroat, great spotted woodpecker, willow warbler & chiffchaff and super views of tawny owl being harranged by the local tit flock. Celandine is in flower everywhere at the moment, here’s one from Heather….

celandine (Ranunculus ficaris)

celandine (Ranunculus ficaris)

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