It’s been good to visit some local sites over the last few days and check up on how Spring is progressing.
- At Glapthorn Wood on Friday evening it felt more like winter than spring. But a Nightingale sang in brief snatches, and without much enthusiasm: certainly not with ‘full-throated ease’. But he was there and that means that spring is real – despite how cold it felt. I’ve never before stood in the blackthorn scrub waiting for those liquid notes and seen it covered with white blossom – that added another wintry feel to the dusk. Usually the blackthorn is coming into leaf when the Nightingale sings but on Friday their black branches and twigs were clothed in snow-like blossom.
- At Summer Leys on Sunday evening it felt more like winter than spring. But I saw my first UK Swifts of 2016 so that means that spring is real. And on a sheltered lake there were hundreds of Sand Martins, scores of Swallows and a few House Martins catching insects.
- At Stanwick Lakes this morning it felt more like winter than spring. But there were Swifts Swallows, both martins, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Blackcap, as well as lots of resident species in song and a Blackbird carrying food, so that means that spring is real.