Not much at all to report from my patch this afternoon, despite the sunshine lasting all day today and the wind easing down, perfect conditions to hear the singing of the first spring Chiffchaff. Alas none was heard, they are late this year.
Whist walking the Wet Woods and lakeside scrub, there was some song to be heard, all the regulars, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, BLACKBIRD and SONGTHRUSH. Scanning the lake, it appears that both the Coots have gone, unless they are hiding up somewhere, which may be possible, did they meet after all, and have now eloped together :-) ? All that was on the lake was 3 MOORHEN - a very poor effort!
After not hearing a Chiffchaff in the probable places, I decided a trip around the fields and Paddocks at Migrant Alley would be a good move, I might just find a Wheatear, but it was all very quiet here too, all there was of note was the KESTREL and a flyover MEADOW PIPIT.
The weather looks set fair for just one more day, after which rain is forecast, so tomorrow will have to be the day for the Chiffchaff !
The photo below is of a big pile of manure, it's going on the field that I walk the edge of to get from the tree nursery to Migrant Alley. It has been pasture for 4 years and will now be ploughed and planted with maize. I'll refer to this field in the future as the ''Pub'' field, as it is behind the village pub. Once work starts on it there may well be some interesting birds visit - lets hope so!