We are currently starting a big butterfly count in the UK. Suitably inspired and anxious to see some birds as well, we ventured off to Horsenden hill, with the added bonus of Horsenden farm opening its new shop selling vegetables, breads, honey and microbrewed beers. The Gruffalo also always provides interest (to those who have not seen him before, he is rather BIG).
The meadows in the western part of the hill are where you can spot the butterflies and also a very good selection of raptors, particularly buzzards and kestrels. Here is a list of what was spotted (or heard) by Dave and Maria (thanks both!).
Swift, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, with Buzzard and Red Kite seen over Greenford back in Perivale park itself.
Butterflies:— Gatekeeper (very abundant), Marbled White (abundant), Great White, Common Blue plus one unidentified Skipper.