Swallows perch on a wire by Park End Farm, the sun discovering a sheen of blue on the throat and a warm flush on the breast. Light shines directly onto the swallows, bringing out colours of their fresh breeding plumage in all its loveliness.
I head north for a sheltered spot on the escarpment, a grassy bank on a fringe of woodland. Here I found green hairstreak on 21st April 202O, that glorious spring weather of the first Covid lockdown. The afternoon is warm, sunlit and still- ideal conditions. I glimpse small brown butterflies flitting over the bank, then one alights in the grass and closes its wings to show the green underwing of the green hairstreak.
All I'd like now is to hear and see a cuckoo. And, of course, to photograph one.
A cloudy day when the sun scarcely broke through. Close to Scout Scar escarpment there were patches of mountain everlasting coming into flower. And early purple orchids bloom.
Down in Brigsteer Wood a couple of orange-tipped butterflies showed briefly but the skies were overcast and the wood was rather gloomy. Approaching Park End Hide I heard a grasshopper warbler calling, from the mosses beyond the wood.