Yesterday was spent travelling around the Wansbeck catchment with a Defra official. Highlights included a peacock butterfly, white-tailed bumblebee, wood anemone in flower, marsh tit singing and buzzards displaying. It is amazing what sunshine will do for our wildlife.
A female merlin was seen within the Glanton parish on Sunday. Grey and red-legged partridge were calling last night and a very noisy flock of lapwing passed west in the dark. There were a range of calls including several males practicing their territorial songs! An early moth was on the kitchen window in the evening.