Sunday, 1 April 2012

First Angels of the Spring

First Butterflies of the Spring.

Saturday 24th March 2012

A few technical hitches with my internet prevented me from posting this over the last week. Apologies for lack of photos, still cannot upload as yet.

We have had a lovely warm sunny week in the South West and I enjoyed a Spring walk through Exminster back along the Canal back to Exeter looking for Signs of Spring.

On Exminster Marsh, a lone Buzzard was being mobbed while soaring on thermals. At high tide the Curlew were rossting on the Marsh, guessing there were in excess of 400. Among them a lone Littel Egret patrolled the shallow pools.

As it warmed up, I was happily surprised to find 3 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and a single Small White closer to Exeter a single Speckled Wood and a Red Admiral.

Back in Taunton along the Taunton Canal, three stunning Kingfishers were seen together with a Male Blackcap and a sunning Peacock Butterfly. Spring has arrived.

Update: Thought it was too good to be true, they are now forcasting colder weather with Snow coming back. How do you go from sunning yourself on the beach one day to getting your thermals back on the next.


  1. Yes I think we have got snow tomorrow or the next day John. Last week I was walking around Radipole Lake in shirt sleeves and getting hot.

  2. Hi Roy,

    Yes I know what you mean. Not been to Radipole for a few Years. Nice spot for watching Birds and other good wildlife. Hope you enjoyed the visit.

  3. Glad you've gotten out for some birding, John. I'd love to see a curlew!! We have whimbrels, but no curlews. Hopefully the weather will settle and spring will stick around!!

  4. Hi Karen,

    Thank you. Nice to hear from you. Sadly Spring has gone, and it has gone back to a dull, damp and cold Winter. Typical for Easter. Hope you are ok.

  5. I'm doing fine. Heading back to the east coast next week. Should be back on the island on Sunday! Ahhhh, my ocean is calling me!