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Today I saw my first swift,Saturday I saw some swallows, last week I saw my first Tortoiseshell butterflies in the park,I have seen some ora...

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Today I saw my first swift,Saturday I saw some swallows, last week I saw my first Tortoiseshell butterflies in the park,I have seen some orange tips.so butterflies and birds are returning.
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I saw in the garden,peacock butterfly,yellow brimstone,a skipper,a little blue one and a brown butterfly .We use to have masses of butterflies on the buddleia but now even when things are good I am lucky to see more than one of each species.I try to grow things they like and a few weeds in spare bit of the garden.The birds are back,swifts ,goldfinch,and all the others I thought were gone.

This year, after a few years without many butterflies, they have returned to my garden. The usual common types + quite a few small tortoise shells and what I thought was a white admiral near the honeysuckle, it was moving fast.
What I was puzzled about was the dearth of hoverflies, cardinal beetles and wide range of flying insects, that we are usually awash with. The same plants grew as usual. I can only surmise that the few days of icy winds that killed some of my plants may have done for hibernating insects. Swings and roundabouts !

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