Friday, 25 March 2011

Further signs of Spring

Four Willow Warblers were singing at the farm this morning. This species does not generally turn up until around 5th April, so these are unusually early arrivals. I always associate my first Willow Warblers of the year with blackthorn blossom, so it's interesting that the blossom has also appeared ahead of cue. There were also three Chiffchaffs proclaiming their territories, a female Black Redstart and two Dunlin feeding around the Plantlife pond. Local birder Tony Blunden tells me that later in the afternoon there were four Black Redstarts, a Wheatear and a Green Sandpiper.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Slow-ly warming up

A couple of Slow Worms warming up in today's sunshine. There were three Chiffchaffs in song, the first of the summer migrant birds back on territory. As for the resident species, early indications are that numbers of Dunnocks, Robins and Wrens are way down after another hard winter.

Thanks to Dougy Wright for this Adder photo taken on 19th.