The butterflies really started flying today and were visiting the snowdrops. We saw small tortoiseshells, a red admiral, a peacock and a brimstone in the garden. There were also hoverflies and bees about. It was not surprising as the temperature reached 21oC on the patio. The first daisy has appeared on the path behind the house.
We noticed in the morning that there were no siskins and later only two appeared. They may be preparing to move North. We did have four hawfinches to compensate, though. It was cold overnight but by mid-morning the sunshine had made things very mild and there was a noticeable warm wind coming down the valley.
We've been noticing a strange bird call coming from the Finkenberg - we heard it last year too. We'd presumed it was a carrion crow as we'd seen them at the same time as we'd heard the call. Today we identified the call as being from a raven using an app on my phone.
It was really warm and sunny today. The temperature reached 21oC and we were able to have lunch on the patio. I saw a twenty-plume moth, but no other lepidoptera seemed to be out.
This morning we went for a run along the railway to the Friedrichstal viaduct. We saw some honey bees flying near some hives.