28th April 2014

News of eggs today. Having gone away for Easter with no sign of nesting in the camera box, we came back to a messy Great Tit nest and this morning there was one egg! Then news from Sian that she has at least 1 Blue Tit egg in her camera-box, and she’d seen that three of the four Peregrine eggs in the Sheffield nest had hatched! To cap it all (and add to the fuzzy photographs today, I’m afraid), out in Derbyshire Lynn and I heard and watched a Yellowhammer, way off in the top of a tree, singing it’s unique phrase (rather fancifully translated as  “A little bit of bread and no cheese”). This is especially exciting as it’s the first Yellowhammer I’ve seen for a few years- they are getting pretty scarce. I had better luck with the photo’s when I came across this beautiful Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Ladies Smock, one of the plants of the cabbage family they lay their eggs on. (Green Veined Whites are not a pest for garden cabbages though). The adults live for about a month and the males give off a scent like Lemon Verbena to attract females! Conditions: A beautiful spring day with plenty of sunshine. Temperature: Max 16- Min 9c

A further fuzzy photo of a Yellowhammer- it was a long way away!

A  fuzzy photo of a Yellowhammer- it was a long way away!

 

A fuzzy photo of our first Great Tit egg in the camera box.

A fuzzy photo of our first Great Tit egg in the camera box.

Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Ladies Smock.

Green-veined White Butterfly feeding on Ladies Smock.

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