Unfortunately the sunshine never happened, but I went out anyway in a cold and drab atmosphere to Far Pasture, hoping to connect with a host of spring migrants I'd heard had arrived since I was there on Thursday.
I could hear a Willow Warbler as I passed the wood yard, and spied a pair of Blackcaps flitting about in the relative open behind the roadside ditch. A crappy record shot of the male was all I could muster but little did I know then it wasn't going to get much better.
|Blackcap (m) eyeing up a dunnock|
The grey sky came alive with around 30 hirundines; swallows, sand and house martins, great to see them back and a sure sign we're well into migration.
On my way to the pond a singing willow warbler posed high in a tree for another ordinary record shot :
|Willow Warbler, first of the year|
|His fluty song a joy to the ears|
|A couple of swallows|
|3 for the price of 1|
Swallows, House and Sand Martins
|Birds on a Wire : An arty silhouette shot|
|Birds on a Wire 2 : An arty silhouette shot with action|
Good to see and hear all the new spring sounds though, even if it didn't seem like a spring day in the slightest.
And cheers Ron for the photography tip, will try it out when opportunity presents itself.
Footnote : I needn't have bothered going to Far pasture for willow warblers, there were two foraging in a neighbours tree late this afternoon :-/ (garden tick if I was keeping a yearlist)