The Fisheries was a good choice this morning for my 'Saturday solitude' walk! I watched from a distance a pair of Great Tits taking nesting material into a hollow in an old tree trunk. They were back and forth so quickly, they must have found a good source of material nearby! Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chiffchaffs were singing and a Pheasant was very vocal, so much so that I almost felt that I was back in Norfolk.lol! A Blackcap pair was a delight to see, I saw them several times on my short walk and I began to wonder if maybe I was seeing more than one pair. Other birds seen were Wren, L T Tit, Blackbird, Swallow, Skylark, Stock Dove, Moorhen, Mallard, Canada Geese and a Buzzard soaring high on the thermals. I also saw my first of the year Orange tip, Small White and Speckled Wood butterflies, a treat to see once again. Patches of Wood Anemone along the lanes looked lovely on my drive home.
I noticed in a paddock as I was looking for Ring Ouzels and Pied Wagtails (to no avail) that the horse droppings had loads of orangey coloured flies on them! They were Yellow Dung Fly! The females lay their eggs in the dung and their larvae feed and develop inside the dung!