Sunday, 19 February 2017

Shaping up nicely

17.50hrs and I've just switched on the garden MV. I could make a case for it still being light, it is undeniably mild and there are several Blackbirds in full song. Yes, it really does feel like spring! My visit to Priest Hill yesterday afternoon was made in (relative for February) positively balmy conditions - weak sun, no wind, just a jumper on - but the downside was that the weather seems to have given notice to the birds that had been present there recently, as not a single winter thrush remained and I could not find any of the Reed Buntings. A winter clear out to make way for the first spring migrants? Too early for a White-arse maybe, but just right for a trickle of these little beauties...

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  1. Spring migration sites locally for wheatear and yellow wag have been destroyed by road building projects grrr

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    1. Hopefully Simon, as passage migrants, they may find suitable stop off points nearby.

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  2. A regular evening walk around the block saw at least twelve frogs under street lights on the path and me unzipping my jacket. This prompted me to consider putting the moth trap out. I didn't in the end, too many pinned and frozen flies yet to be identified before the field season starts.

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    1. Andrew, it's about time we had a blogging update from you!!

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    2. I'll second that. C'mon man, pull yer finger out!

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  3. Sorry. Stuck in an enjoyable groove of identifying specimens from last year. Not sure what to say on the blog too.

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