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).