It’s been a glorious sunny day with clear skies and ideal for butterflying. Out and about around the Southam, Napton, Stockton and Draycote area produced:- 4 Brimstone, 2 Comma, Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, Green Hairstreak, 4 Green-veined White, Large White, 17 Orange-tip, 9 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Dingy Skipper and 2 Grizzled Skipper. Other insects on the wing included disturbed or day flying moths with Pyrausta nigrata, 2 Pyrausta purpuralis, Small Yellow Underwing, 3 Burnet Companion, Cinnabar and Marsh Pug. After such a long wait the Dragonflies and Damselflies are out with Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle noted.
Although birding was secondary I had Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 16 Buzzard, 6 Raven my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, many Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker