Thursday, 5 May 2016

Eventually spring has started to arrive

Reports from the Cheviot Hills suggested that both Shepherds and the birds had a tough time in the snow last week.  One day last week there was 8 inches of snow in parts of the hills.  There were very good numbers of Ring ouzels (at least 30) at low levels in the College Valley on Thursday 28th April. These have now dispersed or moved on.

An afternoon walk in the Breamish valley on the 2nd May produced at least 6+ Little ringed plovers, 2 pairs of Ringed plovers and a summer plumage Dunlin.  Garden and Willow warblers were very much in song.

The evening of the 3rd May saw a distinct increase in hirundine numbers in the Glanton parish.  Late on in the evening these were joined by two Swifts.

An evening walk along Warkworth Beach (4th May) produced a nice selection of species. Highlights included at least two male Grasshopper warblers in song, a male Lesser whitethroat signing in the car park, 3 Stonechats, 1 Little egret and at least 40 Dunlin in mixed stages of summer plumage. Common scurvy-grass is in full flower along with Wych elm.

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