Spring has rushed on irrespective of our situation, nature taking advantage of our absence to display in all its splendor, indifferent to a human public but there for all to see, even in cities, just as long as we know how to look.
We are lucky: we have it on our doorstep, and never have I felt so grateful than during this period of confinement. Now we can go for walks and very recently move within the province, but we’re doing very little of that, preferring to stay home and walk locally.
We should have had several groups from Britain and Denmark but it wasn’t to be. Instead I’ve been out discovering all that has appeared over the last few weeks.
We've had some major surprises.
I leave you with the photographs of the birds and the beasts of our local patch.
Visiting Red-backed shrike
Red-striped oil beetle laying eggs
Clouded yellow Colias crocea
guess who! Cuckoo
European pond turtle Emys orbicularis rescued from the road
Western dappled white Euchloe crameri
Greenfinches and nesting material
Queen of Spain fritillary Issoria lathonia
Sooty copper Lycaena t. bleusi
Meadow brown Maniola jurtina
Great spotted cuckoo
on Harrier watch
Lesser spotted woodpecker
Bath white Pontia daplidice
Singing on a satellite
Stonechat Linnet Wheatear
Painted lady Vanessa cardui
Woodchat shrike at sunset