Brimstone and sliders

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Ridiculously warm late afternoon in Haskayne Cutting today, and not surprisingly the place was stuffed with butterflies – many, many Peacocks, with Large White, and a superb Brimstone around the brambles beneath the old road bridge.
Plenty of Orange Tips emerging too – this has always been a “hot-spot” for this species.
Chiffies and Yellowhammer singing away, and at least four Blackcap – the latter seems to have taken over the world this spring, they seem to be moving through or singing away wherever I go.
Wheatears, White Wags and hirundines, with Buzzards, Lapwing and Corn Bunting on Plex, just as it should be.
Earlier on the coast, a quick walk round the Sands Lake at Ainsdale revealed good numbers of Speckled Woods along the west side of the boardwalk, and three Yellow Bellied Sliders hauled out at the top end of the lake – terrapins are go! (I wish they would)…

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Four Willow Warblers, Chiffies, and of course at least two Blackcap, singing away here too.

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  1. Two of the British Trust for Ornithology satellite-tagged Cuckoos have made it back to the UK, having left for the winter in Africa ten months earlier.
    Hennah, a Cuckoo that was fitted with his tag in May 2014, was the first to arrive back on 15 April. Locations received on that day showed that he was back in the New Forest, close to the location in which his satellite-tag was fitted.
    Dr Chris Hewson, the scientist leading the project at the BTO, said, “We last heard from Hennah on 9 February when he was in Sierra Leone and had become concerned about what might have happened to him. So, it was a great relief, and surprise, when he suddenly popped up back here.”
    Hot on Hennah’s heels was Dudley, who arrived back in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, a day later on 16 April. Both birds have spent the winter months 5,000 miles away in the Congo rainforest.
    The Cuckoo has declined by 73% during the last twenty-five years, with the decline being greatest in England. The population in Scotland is stable or increasing slightly and the decline in Wales is less severe than in England. The BTO research aims to find out why this is the case.

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