April 2024

28th. A starling with a deformed bill on the Island.

Starling

Starling

26th. Splendid bluebell display at Goldolphin House.

Bluebells

25th.Two Risso's dolphins in St Ives Bay. There were five on 28th about thee miles out - one jumped out of the water. There are lots of cuttlefish in the bay for them currently.

Risso's dolphin

20th. Lanhydrock. Good displays of bluebells and lesser celandine. We saw 2 siskin.

Bluebells

Lesser celandine

19th, We walked the Botallack - Kenidjack loop and saw 3 red kite, several chough, all three common hirundine species and a roe deer. I saw a distant male ring ouzel and a hummingbird hawkmoth on Rosewall Hill in the evening. Spring squill and some thrift in flower now.

Spring squill

Spring squill

Thrift

18th. We saw 4 Dartford warblers in West Cornwall.

Dartford warbler

17th. We went looking for the golden oriole near Church Cove on the Lizard, but it wasn't there (I've missed three recently). We did see a wheatear, a whitethroat and some nice patches of spring squill.

Church Cove

Church Cove

Spring squill

16th. Spoonbill on Ryan's Field from the A30. there was a red aurora alert just before sunset, and the activity then subsided. I captured a second peak in activity around midnight from The Island.

Aurora, The Island

There were large movements of Manx shearwaters off the Island in the northerly winds, with up to 220/minute close in. A Sandwich tern was also present.

15th. Three wall lizards near the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Wall lizard

14th. Priddy Mineries. Mating bloody-nosed beetles, violet oil beetle, and the heavy metal tolerant alpine penny-cress is in flower now.

Alpine penny-cress

13th. Barnsley Warren in Gloucestershire to see the pasque flowers, which were at their best.

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Pasque flower

Green-winged orchids flowering too.

Green-winged orchid

A grass snake swimming at Lower Moor, Wiltshire.

Grass snake

Then we saw the snakeshead fritillaries art Clattinger Farm meadows.

Snakeshead fritillaries

Snakeshead fritillary

Snakeshead fritillary

Snakeshead fritillary

Snakeshead fritillary

Snakeshead fritillary

Snakeshead fritillary.

We also heard a garden warbler, and saw dotted bee fly, orange tips and brimstones on one of the first days that felt like Spring.

8th. A female peregrine flying close to the Life Sciences Building, around St Michael's Hill. At least one bird on 10-12th too.

7th. Cleeve Hill Common. A yellowhammer and 2 red kites en route, and a red-legged partridge nearby. I couldn't find any ring ouzels but did see my first house martin of the year and two swallows.

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