21st March 2014
Although it been relatively mild for the last few days, it had turned cooler again and standing at the viewpoint in the teeth of a northerly wind was no joke. Not much going on but a pair of Shoveler in the pool immediately below were quite entertaining. I have often seen flocks of 20 or more Shoveler swimming around in circles to create a vortex and bring food morsels to the surface, but this pair were carrying our their 2-duck version.
But after all that feeding and a well-deserved preen it was time for a good old flap of the wings to dry out a bit.
A wander down the lane produced the first real evidence of Spring as if any were really needed, a singing Chiffchaff. Of course, these days it is not possible to tell if this is one of the many over-wintering birds or a new arrival, but the Herald of Spring is welcome nevertheless.