Yarner wood near Bovey Tracey in Devon is one place Kate and I love to visit each Spring. As it was Kate's birthday on Sunday we thought it would be nice to spend her special day there. Being early in May and with the cold start to Spring we weren't sure whether many of the summer breeding species had returned to the wood. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the wood was alive with birds and birdsong. Numerous Pied Flycatchers were already investigating the nest boxes, Wood Warblers were in full voice, Redstarts and Tree Pipits were seen and heard and resident species like the Mandarins were on the pond. Maybe best of all was a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling high in the canopy and as there were hardly any leaves on the trees all were easy to see, even the Lesser Spot once we located her. Butterflies too were on the wing with numerous Bimstones encountered throughout the wood, several courting couples were seen spiralling skyward. Orange tips, Speckled woods, Holly Blues, Green veined and Small whites were all out and about on this beautiful sunny Spring day. and to round the day off a Roe Deer or two put in an appearence. All in all Yarner Wood never fails to impress. As ever we had a thoroughly enjoyable day out!!