and 2 Swallows , who called in regularly , to skim a drink off the surface . On one pass , I aimed the camera , couldn't see what I was focusing on with the bright sunshine , and the result was
Plants of interest on the way around , included Goldilocks Buttercup-Ranunculus auricomus , had to photograph it in front of a note book to show the detail , otherwise it would just be lost in the background greenery , and Yellow Archangel-Lamiastrum galeobdolon , a member of the Labiate family , those with square stalks , an indicator species of ancient woodland . Higher up , the Horse Chestnut tree are coming into flower . Birds recorded on the way round were ; Mistle and Song Thrush , Wren , Blackcap , Blackbird , Green and Gtreat Spotted Woodpecker , Goldfinch , Chaffinch , Blue , Coal and Great Tit , Jackdaw , Carrion Crow , Rose Ringed Parakeet , Stock Dove , Woodpigeon , Nuthatch , Robin , Chiffchaff , Magpie , Jay , Pheasant , Goldcrest , Mallard ( with young ) and Moorhen ( with young ) , 27 species in all . A quick lunch back home , then off to 'paradise' , the farm lake . It was obvious straight away , that the Toad spawn , posted a few days ago , has hatched out , and the edges of the lake are covered in tadpoles . Also in the shallows , the Bog Bean-Menyanthes trifoliate , has come into flower . Amongst the hundreds of Cowslips which grace the banks , I found one different from the rest , just like the Primroses at Fackenden Down . I recorded just 3 butterfly species on the site , Orange Tip , Large White and Speckled Wood . Birdwise , I added Rook , Coot ( still with 4 young ) , Skylark , Little Grebe , a pair building their floating nest , unusually out in the open ,
I headed off home , well happy with 32 bird species and 10 butterfly species .