Signs of Spring at last
I started the week with an evening at Aust Wharf and watched a pair of Kestrels mating as the sun went down. Yesterday I visited Goldcliff Lagoons and despite the muggy weather it was a hive of bird activity.
The Redshank waders were getting very frisky and I caught a pair mating in front of hide 1.
Lots of birds are pairing up. The Canadian Geese and Greylags are all at it and geeting very squabbly and aggressive with other birds, causing lots of commotion.
The Black Tailed Godwits are starting to look very nice, there plumage is now turning a nice breeding colour and they will soon be migrating to Iceland. I will miss taking pictures of their startled flocks.
There has been Cettis Warblers calling on the hedgerows for a while but I have not been able to get a photo of a single bird yet.
When I did think I was going to finally get lucky when I saw movement along the hedge line it turned out to be an early summer migrant - a ChiffChaff.
Soon our woods will be full of these little birds blasting out their familiar call "Chiff Chaf, Chiff Chaff", that will be a sure sign Spring will be in full swing.
Its been a hard very unstable winter I think so spring must surely starting properly soon..but snow is forecast again!..
Lots of raptor activity again at Goldcliff. Watched a Buzzard run about a field near the reserve. It was quite funny to see it trundle along, its got quite long legs. I think it was eating worms.
My highlights today was seeing my first Chiff Chaff of the year ,mating Redshanks,the flock of Black Tailed Godwits and the Buzzard - I have a soft spot for them.
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