Thursday, 11 April 2013
Chiffchaffs at last!
My usual afternoon walk along the river Aln from Lesbury to Bilton Mill:
After only 10 minutes, I become aware of at least 2 Chiffchaffs at the water's edge, feeding at the base of pussy willows, even occasionally hovering over the river:
Further on, a pair of Grey Wagtails come in to full view on exposed rocks in the river, the male resplendent in breeding plumage:
By the main railway line embankment there is a brief Chiffchaff call but it is hesitant and soon dominated by a resident Chaffinch:
On my return to the river there is more Chiffchaff activity - no time for singing - eating is the only item on the agenda
The warmth of the sun is beginning to feel springlike and chiffchaffs are back!