Yesterday’s walk at Stanwick Lakes showed that spring is moving on. Instead of the air being filled with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler songs it was the newly arrived Whitethroats, Garden Warblers and Reed Warblers that seemed to be in best voice.
I think I could probably tell you what time of year it is, quite accurately, if you played me the songscape from Stanwick. What is the balance of warbler song? Are the Song Thrushes or Blackbirds more noticeable? How obvious are the Robins? Are the Oystercatchers noisy or not?
Every spring is different – every day is different. This year there is a greater coverage of Cuckoo Flowers than I’ve ever seen here but I am yet to find an Orange Tip butterfly egg on any of them – I’ve seen a few males but no females at Stanwick so far. The females do tend to sneak around though.
We’re in the time between Blackthorn (whose petals are blowing off the bushes in drifts at the moment) and May (which is still leafy green).
I’m already beginning to feel as though spring is slipping away even though we are nowhere near the end of April yet!