Weather for bird monitoring was much better this week (once the wind decided to drop), with most resident species now in full song around dawn. Linnets, Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings are all starting to set up territories around the farm with a noticable increase in squabbles between rival males.

Summer migrants keep appearing with Blackcap, Yellow wagtail and Willow warbler being recorded this week as well as a small increase in the number of Chiffchaffs. The highlight was however a very brief view of a female Ring Ouzel that made a fleeting visit to the western edge of the farm before continuing on its way north (wonder where she's heading too?) only the 2nd record of this species for Hope Farm.

The first of the weekly butterfly monitoring transects were also done this week and they  yielded four species (Brimstone, Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell)

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