Yesterday, during a lunchtime wander through Beckett Park woodland I spotted a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Great Tit, Jay, Chaffinch and Goldfinch. Around campus I caught sight of another Nuthatch on a Beech tree adorned with emerging buds and still bearing last years fruit.
The most exciting sighting of the day was a Comma on the wing, it made off too quickly for me to get a pic, so Ive included a photo of a Comma feeding on a Verbena that I took up at Goldenacre Park last October. It appeared in a boggy area of woodland which apparently is a preferred habitat for the species. The Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation has a recent sightings page and I noticed that a Brimstone and Peacock were also seen in Headingley yesterday afternoon. With good weather on the way this weekend perhaps we can look forward to more appearances, fingers crossed.