Well it seems as if spring is in full flow on the reserves. It feels like Chiffchaffs have launched an invasion over the last couple of weeks as I don’t seem to be able to go anywhere without hearing one or more. At Farlington, Lapwing are throwing themselves around the skies, putting on a fantastic aerial acrobatics show and Skylarks are in full song blasting out their notes from the heights above.
Today on a cattle check at Southmoor I saw my first Blackcap of the year and a good number of Mediterranean gulls circling over the Budds Farm sewage works. There were so many in fact, that there always seemed to be one or two in view sounding their call (fondly referred to as sounding like a posh cat).
Later I headed to Farlington to carry out the first week of butterfly transects. Usually it take a few weeks to get anything on a survey but with the recent warm weather there were a few butterflies on the wing ; Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock being the most numerous. Yesterday while walking out to catch the RSPB boat to the islands we saw three Sandwich terns from The Point and along the way we caught sight of two Black-headed gulls on the deeps ‘Tern raft’. Could this be the first year we have something nesting out in The Deeps?!
Although there are still a number of our winter guests in residence (Brent geese and winter waders) its clear that winter has lost its grip and spring is in full flow. Within the next week or two, Lapwing will be on eggs and I might even get a glimpse of a Farlington Wheatear.
Over enthusiastic Med Gulls – Posh cat reference might need some imagination…