Sunday, 7 May 2017
Banstead Woods, 7th May 2017
After cricket in the morning, I went to Banstead Woods for an afternoon walk. The woods looked spectacular at times; hundreds of bluebells surrounded the trees almost everywhere.
3 Buzzards called intermittently, and a Peregrine flew by. At least 5 pairs of Blackcap were noted and a Garden Warbler sang and flew off near the border between Canon's farm, but not relocated. 3 Great-spotted woodpeckers, 6 Chiffchaff and a pair of Green Woodpeckers were seen too. Butterflies included Peacock, Large White and a Skipper sp. With there being dense woodland, it was hard to see anything like the Goldcrest and Coal Tits, which were frequently heard.