Dawn cloud dispersed by 08:30hrs, leaving the day warm and sunny, warmer even than some June days I've been out in! Even some of the blossoms on the Blackthorn trees are ready to burst fourth and a yellow poppy is almost in flower in my garden!
The weather may have been kinder today but the birding was a bit slow, a visit to the Lakes early on only provided a fishing CORMORANT of note. The Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods had plenty of GOLDCRESTS about, as well as two separate flocks of LONG TAILED TITS, a couple of NUTHATCHES a COAL TIT and a pair of BULLFINCHES. STOCK DOVE, MISTLETHRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, WREN, ROBIN and DUNNOCK were all in song and a GREAT TIT called it's ''Teacher'' ''Teacher'' spring time call :-)
Crossing the Ashes Lane Fields, I counted 6 MEADOW PIPIT in the pasture, then a superb PEREGRINE FALCON zoomed overhead, I just got a snp shot of it as it passed :-)
Peregrine in the blue sky, I dont know what's rarer!
Arriving at the Greenhouse Grounds I immediately heard a CHIFFCHAFF singing, then located two together. The female KESTREL sat up on one of the Greenhouses, but only 2 SISKIN, 2 LESSER REDPOLL and 4 GOLDFINCH fed in the Alder Trees, with the bramble understory containing a few BLACKBIRDS and SONGTHRUSH plus a GREENWOODPECKER came and went.
YELLOWHAMMERS were again seen in the rough area between the Greenhouse Grounds and the Greenhouse Copse, hard top tell how many as they are so flighty, but no more than 6 i'd say.
One of the two Chiffchaffs seen today
I feel a bit robbed now i've heard them singing, it is always one of the pleasures of a March day to hear the first Chiffchaff sing since the Autumn before
I went a bit mad with the photo's!