My first swallow was on the 4th of April, pied flycatchers on the 9th, redstarts on the 10th – as for the ospreys, they are well ahead of schedule with their 1st egg on the 2nd of April. Pied wagtails have been playing kiss chase at Dduallt station. Outside the kitchen loads of black bees humming around a fragrant shrub. Fresh soil is being pushed up through the mounds above the railway with millions of busy ants below. No kid goats thus far. Our gander watched on yesterday as one of the Indian runners tried to mate with the goose as she sat on her clutch of eggs.
But for me the most amazing sight was an emperor moth – common but impressive!