Monday, 21 March 2011

My first migrant (at last!)

At last, my first summer migrant! We were preparing net rides for an autumn of ringing on the coast yesterday (as my scratched arms will testify) and singing across the valley was a half-hearted Willow Warbler. Only a bit of sub-song (bettered by the myriad resident Chiffchaffs), but heralded the start of spring for me. Our site is somewhere down this valley and looks good for spring (photo copyright Sheila Russell).

So whilst I've been missing out, the rest of the world has been hard at it finding migrants. The weekend saw the first two Bluethroats (Suffolk and East Yorkshire), a Hobby in Essex and LRPs and Ospreys all over the place. Add to that reports of Blackbirds and Tawny Owls with fledged chicks and things are cracking on...

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