There was a lot of activity in the garden today with regular visits by a pair of Long-tailed Tits which must be nesting nearby. Great Tits, Blue Tits, a Magpie, Wood Pigeon, 2 Jackdaws, a Robin and an overflying "rattling" Mistle Thrush all put in visits too. A Willow Warbler sang briefly from the grounds of the Parkhill hotel, my first record of this species for the year. However, prize for the best songster heard from the garden must be go to the fine Skylark singing from high up in the sky, no wonder it was inspiration for the "Lark Ascending" music by Vaughan Williams.
Around the ponds, a female Common Frog appeared almost to "sunbathing" in the warm spring sun half in and half out of the goldfish pond, whilst a drab Peacock butterfly newly emerged from it's winter slumbers settled sleepily on the garage wall.
Several Honey Bees and a White- tailed Bumble Bee pollinated some early flowers out in bloom and the first of my wild Primroses were flowering too.