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.

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