Tuesday, 5 March 2013

It Begins

Up at 5.45 and out on the cliff path by 6.15 on a cracking morning, chilly it was but it felt a whole lot more pleasant than yesterday morning and could well turn into the warmest day of the year so far if the sun keeps shining.

A good few birds to be seen as well and they included the first migrant Stonechat of the spring a smart male and the first Stonechat here since October last year, I'm sure they used to winter here but alas not anymore. A Snipe was flushed from scrubby cliff edge and again they're not common here at all. 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls were noted with 1 on the slopes and 3 east with a decent movement of Black-headed Gulls, in fact gulls appear to be moving through at present and there are more around at the moment than the whole of the winter period.
Skylarks were going over too and 12 were counted high in the blue sky and 14 Siskin did the same, calling a lot to help locate them in the bright skies. A good gathering of Crows on the golf course included 2 Rooks and 6 Jackdaws along with 27 Carrion Crows. The first Stock Doves of the spring too with 23 counted going over. Roll on tomorrow....

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