and very soon afterwards , my first Speckled Wood , looking very fresh . Most of the trees have burst bud now , one of the last few being the Beech , encouraged by the fine weather . The Wych Elm is still leafless , but is sporting it's seed pods , looking very similar to those of Honesty , and , for once , 'down South' is in time with 'up North' with the Bird Cherry/Prunus padus , being at about the same stage as that posted by Dean/DDD recently . 7+ Orange Tips , including 3 females were recorded , along with a single Comma , 2 Brimstone and 3 Peacock , one of which pictured . Back home for lunch out on the patio , one of the local Blue tits was rattled by the fact that we were sitting quite close to the feeders , Whilst the male Chaffinch wasn't bothered when he came in for a drink . And finally , a raptor very high overhead that I had put down as a Sparrowhawk , showed very light wingtips when I blew the shot up .
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