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!

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