Lade - warm, dry and sunny, NE 4 - There doesn`t seem to be an end in sight to the stiff north-easterly that`s been blowing cool air across the south-east for weeks now. As a result very few butterflies have been seen on the wing so far this spring/early summer; this morning one of the regular transects I walk along the old railway line track produced just two Small Whites, two Common Blues and a Red Admiral, despite there being plenty of wild flowers in bloom and sheltered spots for butterflies to warm up. I spent a fair bit of time searching for Bee Orchids, locating a cluster of three and two single plants, mostly past their best now, during which time hardly any invertebrates were noted.
Birdwise it was a case of a couple of Sedge Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat singing amongst several Common Whitethroats, Blackcap, Cetti`s Warbler and a Chiffchaff, plus the more numerous Reed Warblers chugging away in the reedbeds. Greenfinch, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Linnet and Reed Bunting were all on breeding territories, while Mallard, Coot and Greylag Goose had young on the water, with Tufted Duck, Great Crested and Little Grebes to hopefully follow soon.