17th & 18th May 2010

Yesterday we went out in the evening to look over some marshy areas for birds.  The extremely warm weather we are experiencing (29 degrees C yesterday) mean that the majority of snow melted during a two day period and now the rivers

and marshes are flooded

On the marsh above we had a pair of Whooper Swan and Spotted Redshanks displaying.

The next area we moved to had 5 Bean Geese, 3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 pair Goosander and 1 Yellow Wagtail

The lake opposite was surprisingly quiet, except for 1 Red-throated Diver and a displaying Greenshank.

This morning I went for a walk nearer to home, along the edge of a flooded river; I place I have named “little England” and when those of you living in England see some of the names of Birds I saw there, you will understand why!

There were several Blackbirds and Dunnocks (Hedge Accentors) singing, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Goldcrest.  I have not seen or heard Blackbird and Dunnock anywhere else up here so it was strange to have several singing in such a small area.

There were also a pair of Common Sandpiper,2 Green Sandpipers displaying, 1 Woodcock I disturbed and White Wagtail.

In addition to birds, I also saw found the first flowers of the spring…..

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).

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