Today I spent an enjoyable day at my feeding station in the woods; the sun was beaming hot and it was like a proper Spring's day. As usual all the birds were out, but the sun also brought some unexpected visitors including this Brimstone Butterfly below and also one or two other butterflies species as well (Tortoise Shell, Peacock and Meadow Brown).
Whilst walking along side the little stream flowing through the wood, I found lots of different species of fungi one of which included this Scarlet Elf Cup (thank you to Davey Man for the ID help), this is the first time I've ever seen this species.
On the way down to the wood you have to walk past a bee hive, the bees had also been awoken by the sun. It was a hive of activity!
The main purpose of going down to the wood was to see if there was any activity in any of the 12 nest boxes we have put up. Me and my dad made a recording sheet and found that four of the boxes had a bit of activity. The one below had a Blue Tit investigating it, one of the open fronted had a Robin taking a look, one of the Nuthatch boxes had had something roosting in it i.e. it had a bit of poo and feathers in it, and finally another one of the Blue Tit ones had quite a bit of poo and feathers in it which to us was quite a good sign.
We always keep the feeders filled up, and is always nice to photograph some of the attracted birds, my favorite attracted bird visitor has to be the couple of pairs of Nuthatches that keep on feeding on the nuts.
All together we have seven good big feeders at the station, all in the shelter of the trees. With the sun shining though the trees, the birds colours were even nicer to witness and enjoy.
Can't wait to get down there again next time!!!