Spring does seem to be in the air!
Walking round Pony Wood I spotted a new blue tit occupant for one of our recently donated nest boxes (P9).
In the Arable field was a peacock butterfly.
A couple of mistle thrushes were also in the Arable field, and a magpie was seen overflying with nest material.
In the extension to Pony Wood was a red admiral butterfly and about 12 linnets were feeding around the feeding tables. One linnet in the nearby tree lined up for its photo.
Yesterday, I hosted a U3A Half-Day Birding walk around Fairfield which was attended by 16 members. On the way to meet them on the end of Sunnyside Lane, I saw a Jay above the gun range and a sparrow hawk overhead.
Among the more interesting birds we saw were 1 swallow (West Field), a pair of reed bunting (picture of male, near Alder pond), 2 linnet (oak on long pads path), 2 grey partridge (arable field), willow warblers, blackcaps and chiffchaffs (Orchard, some seen, all heard), 2 greenfinch, a goldfinch
and a mistle thrush (above paddock) and finally a nuthatch, goldcrest and great spotted woodpecker (the last 2 heard) back near Sunnyside Lane.
Oh, and a wren and a dunnock.
We also saw a peacock butterfly and a tortoiseshell.