Saturday, 17 March 2007

First Willow Warbler of the Year

Got down to the local nature reserve today to get in an hour's bird count so I could refresh the sightings board and give visitors an idea of what sort of birds to expect. The short time meant covering only about half of the park, nonetheless we got in 33 species, nice birds too like Linnet, Redpoll, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer, and one or two commoner birds like Moorhen and Kestrel refused to show for the hour.

Without doubt, bird of the day had to be a very confiding Willow Warbler. I half hoped for Chiffchaff, which didn't show, I hardly count myself as disappointed though.
There seem so many signs of an earlier Spring at the moment. Also, the Redwing seem to have all gone, probably about time they did.

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