The strong cold wind that blew yesterday, continued today, even stronger if anything, and the grey skies with spits of rain made it feel decidedly like early March again.
The highlight of the day came as I walked into work this morning. I had my hat pulled down over my ears to combat the cold wind, but walking through the College Grounds I still managed to hear the sweet summery sound of my first WILLOW WARBLER (83,59) of the year, my favourite summer song, all I need now is some summer weather - and that's promised for tomorrow :-)
As for this afternoon, well it was dismal! My normal route over to the lakes and scrub, then on to the Pub Field, Tree Nursery and Migrant Alley gave me little inspiration. Even most of the CHIFFCHAFFS had stopped singing, the grey day and cold wind has probably put the priority of the day on foraging for food.
One bird of interest I did see, was a Chiffchaff, with a cream collar and face, but the collar only went round the right half of its neck and throat, its left side was as a normal chiffchaff, I thought I'd found something good at first :-)
Back on the subject of the Willow warbler, the one seen this morning was 3 days earlier than the mean arrival date for the ten years, but much later than last years earliest ever Willow Warbler, that arrived on the 26th march.