Early Spring - back in Blighty....

"Its so nice to go travelling.... tra laa - good job I can`t record my singing!

Back in Blighty and enjoying the sights and sounds of our early Spring - birds, butterflies and flowers are responding to the warming (slightly) sun and suddenly there are not enough days to visit all the places we `must` go to to see this, that or t`other...

Our local patch Upton Warren has delivered some great sights, providing plenty of targets for the new 80D. Spring migration is well under way and the Avocets have returned to this inland oasis in good numbers with a few Little Ringed Plovers who will also nest later. The Dunlin and Sandpiper will move on.

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Calke Abbey (owned by The National trust in Derbyshire) always has well-filled feeders by its two hides and extensive grounds to explore as well; well worth a day`s birding.
Siskin, Redpole, a Singing Wren, Tree Creepers, Brambling and Little Owl have been the highlights over the last few weeks with a Kestrel providing a chance to get my feet wet (!) in an attempt to get that bit nearer....

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The orchard and other early spring flowers in the parkland provide food for the more common butterflies and are always worth seeking out. At this time of the year the first Brimstone or over-wintering Coma butterflies are always nice to see.

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It is worth noting that The National Trust has many fine old houses and halls with extensive grounds that are increasingly being managed for wild-life.

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