March 12th Low Newton
First Chiff Chaff of the year singing and Whooper Swans noted moving north, steadily all morning, in small flocks of 12-35
A great day inland today, sun is really quite strong now when the cloud clears. More singing Chiff Chaff wading birds in numbers moving to breeding areas and reptiles awakening from winter hibernation.
|Carrion Crow and Oystercatcher|
Back on the coast as March drew to a close, all still a bit slow as it often is in springtime Northumberland. Ring Necked Duck was a distraction worth attending to so Chevington was the first stop, no sign of the duck but we got caught up with and thoroughly enjoyed some lingering winter visitors, Shorelark and Twite and Chevington burn mouth.
Sand Martins back in numbers inland today, difficult to count but 30 or so swarming around suitable sand banks and a fabulous Dipper seen with nesting material.
The day of writing, 9th March. Coast again, hoping for Garganey. No luck but butterflies seen, Green Veined White, Speckled Wood and Peacock. A Bee Fly added to the insect interest, very warm this morning in sheltered areas.
|Green Veined White|
White Wagtail, Wheatear, Chiff Chaff and Willow Warbler all noted.
|Great Crested Grebes full of spring fettle|
Back to March a while, garden mothing has been nice and steady which is good because I have difficulty identifying half of what I get to see. Here are a few that I have recorded.
A bit of a cobbled together account but spring waits for no man...bird nor beast