On schedule

This is looking like a “normal” Spring (if there is such a thing), with chiffchaffs, blackthorn blossom and tawny mining bees all appearing as usual.
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva)

Over-wintering butterflies have emerged


but there have been a couple of surprises:  Small White butterflies usually appear in May, but quite a few are already in evidence
Small White (Pieris rapae)
and Red Admirals don’t usually over-winter here, but migrate to the UK in significant numbers from May onwards. This one was spotted on 9 April.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)


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