Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Three 1st's Today!....20/03/2012
The first 1st being the first day of Spring, the second 1st being my first of the year Chiffchaff and the third 1st being my first of the year Barn Swallow! As the weather forecast was a good one I headed for Wassell Grove Pools this morning, it was a lovely morning with warm sunny spells though still rather cool in the shade. A Skylark lifted from a field and sang it's heart out as as it flew high above me, a joy to see and hear. Plenty of birdsong was heard with Robin, Blackbird and Dunnock being the main songsters. I spotted a Long-tailed Tit gathering feathers and close by was a delightful Goldcrest. I was thrilled to hear a Chiffchaff 'chiff chaffing' and eventually connecting with it, it really did make me feel that Spring had definitely arrived and to later see a Barn Swallow that was nearby on the way home was the icing on the cake! Hopefully the Swallows will also be back at Brake Mill Pools and Bunkers Hill soon. Birds also seen today were Wren, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch (pair), Songthrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Pheasant, Heron x2 and a Buzzard, with Green Woodpecker heard only. Today's walk was a great start to Spring!