Brimstone and Linnet

The last two beautifully warm days have tempted out some ‘firsts’ for the year.

On Tuesday a lemon-yellow Brimstone butterfly near the Ram. Today a Linnet along the Old Coach Road, near Place Farm.

Skylarks and Mistle Thrushes have been particularly vocal, as have Buzzards – a pair mewing over Firle Park today. Chiffchaffs now appear to be firmly back on territory, one singing regularly in the strip of trees between the Ram and the school, another behind the estate office and at least two in Firle Place pleasure gardens. What is presumably the early (overwintering?) Blackcap first noted on 8th March continues to sing around the centre of the village, last noted a few days ago by the post office.

On a buggy note, this evening there were hundreds of Pill Woodlice on the road near Firle Church.

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