I had kept an eye on the weather forecast and rain was heading our way so I was at Stanwick Lakes for a bit of spring-spotting at 0700 this morning. It was cold again – it felt like the weather had stepped back to early March from mid-April.
There was lots of song – Chiffchaffs everywhere! Surely, since my last visit on Wednesday morning, Spring would now have arrived a bit more certainly and there would be new songs to hear to mark the arrival of more species. I’d even seen that a few Cuckoos had been seen around the country over the last few days – you never know. But it wasn’t very Cuckoo-ey weather – I was glad of a fleece and a coat as protection against the wind, and rain looked a distinct possibility.
But within 10 minutes I had heard a Willow Warbler (although it turned out to be the only one of the day), pointed out a Swallow to a couple with binoculars, seen a flock of Sand Martins, heard some Blackcaps and seen a Common Tern. Yes, spring is uncoiling!
But it seems to be uncoiling in a gradual measured way- at least here at Stanwick Lakes in east Northants. There are still no Sedge Warblers in the reedbed (although I’m told Stanwick had a Sege Warbler a couple of days ago) and the Willow Warblers weren’t that obvious – given that I only hears one. A Little Ringed Plover flew over as another signal that it is early Spring still – not yet full Spring. Spring is still quite tightly coiled. Soon it must go ‘twang!’.