Recent notes

The footpaths and fields noticeably drying out this morning, although plenty of water and mud remains. Many trees remain bare but others are budding out. The warmer weather has arrived and this morning there were newly arrived male Whitethroats. The first two were in Brambles in a small private field that has not been grazed for some time – I heard the song and the first bird appeared, carrying dried grass in the bill! On the clifftops there were several birds scattered about gorse and Blackthorn, one in song-flight.

Two male Wheatears on the driest part of a field where I had seen a male and female a few days ago. So a light passage continues although I have not seen any flocks this spring.

Linnets have been building up in numbers and visiting certain fallow areas for food. I have only seen a couple of single Swallows zipping northwards so far.

Offshore in light winds little noted but a pair of Great skuas and a flock of ten adult Mediterranean gulls were of note.

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