I was all ready to set off to the north Norfolk coast yesterday – not to see birds but to see northern lights – but it was cloudy. The previous night there had been a great show of northern lights. They are on my British list – but not for years – dipped again!
Can it really be spring? According to the Met Office, today is the first day of spring, but I’m old-fashioned and still regard the vernal equinox as the start of spring. Although, actually, the first Sand Martin and the first singing Chiffchaff are what really persuade me that spring has arrived in Northamptonshire. A friend was telling me he had been hearing singing Chiffchaffs in Suffolk for quite a while. Anyway, it can’t be spring because there was a Blackcap in the garden yesterday – and that’s a sign of winter!