First Oystercatchers of the year (a single pair) seen and heard flying over on Saturday Feb 23rd. Also The Bramblings are still in the garden, but not so many as we had, but the Siskin's have gone completely.
We have had both Song and Mistle Thrush singing and other birds investigating nest boxes. What is happening in other gardens?
Spotted my first bat of the year, tonight (March 2nd), a solitary pipistrel was hunting over the garden. Unfortunately, as I did not have a bat detector with me, I could not determine if it was a soprano or common. It is not that of a surprise to have seen a bat tonight, as our maximum temperature today was 12.5 C and at 1830 when I saw it, the air was still warm.
Bird life has declared spring for the second time this year, a blue sky and a little sun was all it took. A short walk across the Glebe today (Tuesday march 26th) produced a Greater Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Woodcock, Fieldfare, Blue Tits, Hedge Sparrows, Blackbirds and Buzzards soaring in the sky above.
Frogspawn appeared in our pond this morning - Monday 8th April. I was surprized because it was -3oC on Friday night and hovering around zero the last couple of nights. I hope they know something I don't and that Spring is on the way.
Other signs of Spring - quite a few celandines in flower on the Church Road and a large hoverfly in the garden last week.
We were walking up the Glebe Path this morning when we had a good view of an Osprey as it flew over.
It will have recently arrived back from Africa and could still be in passage to a site further North.