Thursday, 21 April 2011

April 21st 2011

The day started well with first for the year Least Black Arches, Pebble Prominent, Mottled & White-spotted Pug among 14 species of trapped in the garden after another warm night bringing my garden year list to 45 compared to 29 this time last year and just shows what a crazy world the insects are having with so many species out early.

Yellow-barred Brindle

Least Black Arches

Pebble Prominent

On the birding front and out with Bob it was poor till a Black Tern and male Shoveler turned up at 10:20am and by 11am there were 11 Black Tern grazing the surface as we chatted with Kevin. Wheatear 2, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and 5 Buzzard were the best of the rest.
In the afternoon there were 2 Raven, 5 Buzzard, Hobby and 3 Sparrowhawk over the garden while butterflies were Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Large White, Orange-tip and Brimstone.

Pub night and got half of the clientele on to the space station as she did a pass overhead which was a first for many.

Heads Up – The times of this Saturday steam special from London Paddington to Stratford on Avon featuring BR Britannia Class 4-6-2 no 70000 Britannia have changed. She will now go through Warwickshire as follows:- Fenny Compton 12:20, Leamington Spa a 12:34 d 12:42, Warwick a 12:46 d 12:49 arriving at Stratford-u-Avon 13:24. Of interest for many years, Britannia had her cab roof painted white. This was to commemorate her pulling the funeral train of King George VI from Norfolk to London following his death in February 1952 at Sandringham House, Norfolk


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