Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Spring in the Wansbeck catchment

Yesterday was spent travelling around the Wansbeck catchment with a Defra official.  Highlights included a peacock butterfly, white-tailed bumblebee, wood anemone in flower, marsh tit singing and buzzards displaying.  It is amazing what sunshine will do for our wildlife.

A female merlin was seen within the Glanton parish on Sunday.  Grey and red-legged partridge were calling last night and a very noisy flock of lapwing passed west in the dark.  There were a range of calls including several males practicing their territorial songs!  An early moth was on the kitchen window in the evening.

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