Visiting Chester wasn't all I did last weekend.
I had a lovely walk to visit Haydn's Pool on a sunny (but chilly) Sunday morning.
Despite the winter weather warnings the 1st of April in Cheshire was fantastic.
Butterflies have been enjoying the last couple of weeks sunshine
I spent quite a bit of time chasing them trying to capture a decent image.
I eventually caught up with this one alongside the stream.... it's a real beauty to see.
Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
In my opinion the prettiest butterfly I see on my patch during the spring.
Haydn's Pool looking into the sunlight... the water levels have dropped since it was refilled.
Wading birds are returning... a Redshank was feeding on the main island and a pair of noisy Oystercatchers (birds that have bred at Haydn's Pool for a few years) were making their presence felt.
I saw this Mistle Thrush as I wandered home.
It's larger than the Song Thrush I recently shared singing.
The wonderful weather we were having (the third hottest March on record) has been replaced by a return to winter.... cooler temperatures...snow on the high ground and strong winds.