Butterflies, Bees and Birds

It might not have the same ring to it but this is the order that I spotted the first of each of my eagerly-awaited arrivals this Spring. Beyond daffodils and lambs, these are the sightings that really make my heart sing and a sure sign that Spring really is here and the weather might finally start to buck up.

On 15th April we were treated to, not just the first, but multiple butterfly (Painted Lady) sightings, almost 3 weeks later than in 2017. This was closely followed on 20th April by the first bumblebees, only a week or so later than in 2017. I’ve been paying particular attention to the bees since reading Dave Goulson’s wonderful books A Buzz in the Meadow and A Sting in the Tail – I highly recommend them if you haven’t read them.

Last week, on 25th April was the final sighting in my ultimate Spring trinity – the swallows! Well, one swallow, to be more precise. They still haven’t returned en masse but in previous years it’s usually been during May so they’ll be ‘in the post’. Their aerial acrobatics are always entrancing and something to look forward to.

The spot of our first swallow sighting – it was too quick to capture!

While out on the hills last week we were also treated to the delicious, heady, coconut scent of gorse flowers in the sun – one of my favourite aromas.

Spring may be late this year but it’s quickly finding it’s feet!




3 thoughts on “Butterflies, Bees and Birds”

    1. Ha, I think they’re testing the water here before arriving en masse. I just saw another one while out with the boys this morning but the reinforcements have yet to arrive.

      1. The swallows are legendary at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. They arrived where I went to school in San Luis Obispo a few days later.

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