Saturday, 25 March 2017

Carlton Marsh

It was a gorgeous day with wall to wall sunshine and a light NE 17.1c the warmest day of the year so far. The wader scrape was disturbed by a dog and its owner flushing everything this morning. However, 2 Redshank and a Little Egret returned. A pair of Peregrines were seen nearby, our resident Buzzards mated and Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were about. 24 Canada Geese and 6 Greylags were being hassled by the resident Mute Swans, 6 Chiffchaff were singing and Kingfisher was seen. Then at 17.43hrs a herd of 30 Whooper Swans flew over, heading north. (Rod Heeley/Dave Standish)

Butterflies included 3 male Brimstone, Small Tort and Comma.

Dearne Valley Park
Several Brimstone butterflies were on the wing along with 22 Commas and 3 freshly emerged Orange-tips. (Chris Parkin)

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