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Fallow Deer tempted from the woods by spring shoots; note the attendant Magpie

Nothing quite matches those days in early spring when the sun warms the soil and the first hibernators emerge. In comparison with recent years this spring has been slow, but today I saw both Brimstone (in just ten degrees – cooler than normal for this species) and Small Tortoiseshell. Mammals were also in evidence: Fallow and Muntjac Deer, and a Red Fox taking a break from its den.

In recent days the most obvious migrant has been Osprey (a series of birds at RW and EBR, probably all from translocation projects). To date I have seen just one presumed migrant Chiffchaff, but the birds are moving north and soon I must follow.

Vixen Red Fox, Rutland

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Fallow Deer, Rutland

Fallow Deer, Rutland

This morning the temperature rose to 12 degrees, so we visited Pickworth Great Wood in the hope of finding an early butterfly. The butterflies knew better; the first flowering blackthorn is actually six weeks behind last year.

As with other Rutland woods which I have visited recently, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were active but there was no sign of Lesser Spotted.

Hazel flowers, Rutland

Hazel flowers, Rutland