At Shipley Hill searching the oaks revealed two, quick views of purple hairtreak, whilst a holly blue flitted by. Lots of gatekeepers, faded meadow brown and large whites. Peacocks, too. A stock dove was ‘singing’ close by and a garden warbler was seen briefly. My first robins of the new ‘season’ singing. Overhead a pair of very vocal raven were ‘barrel-rolling’ and later were joined by four more – doubtless a family party.
At the Hex Pools off Shipley View were plenty of common blue butterflies and a few small and at least one essex skipper. Common darter and a new species for myself at this location – a ruddy darter. Little grebe on the pools and a coot with a young chick and another first for me – a tufted duck with a small duckling proved breeding. Common buzzard in the distance and a green woodpecker called. Pair of bullfinch.