7th April. I caught sight of two Swallows as I passed Killingworth Lake in the bus yesterday so I thought I would take a look again today. Incidentally, my first Swallows of 2009 were seen in Holywell Village on the same date. I did find two Swallows again over the smaller lake, but only two and they were there only briefly. My first of the year. Back of the village where I recently found the Chiffchaffs brought me another year first in Blackcap and on the walk there I found my first Peacock Butterfly, in fact my first butterfly of the year. I’m off to a slow start with the butterflies this year, having recorded several by this time last year. Chiffchaffs were calling in several places today, including the church grounds.
The lake had been quiet with only one of the two pairs of Great Crested Grebe making an appearance. I recorded only one Goosander, a male. I counted eight Lesser Black Backed Gulls.