A Touch of Spring

Friday, March 11th 2016

I arrived at the reserve today in a thin veil of fog, the sun desperately trying to get through. It felt really mild after the last few days!  A couple of incredibly nonchalant Roe Deer greeted me near the Field Centre, but they didn't hang around while I scrabbled for my camera... hey ho!  The sun did eventually make it through in the afternoon which made the very pleasant day even better.

It is not often I get a decent walk around our site, usually a part here, a part there, but the Friday filling of the bird feeders enabled me to take in areas I had missed during the week.  Frog spawn seems to be everywhere. A flight, or wedge, of 12 Whooper Swans flew over fairly low, but alas passed us by, probably determined to get north to their breeding grounds. A Buzzard was sitting in a Hawthorn on the middle moor.

I was able to get a few more trees planted and guarded, so was happy to finish the day tinkering with the ATV while a Thrush sang loudly outside.

Returning to the office, I was distracted for 10 minutes watching a male Siskin feeding on the Nyjer feeder.  This time I was luckier with the photo, his vibrant yellow colouring almost advertising that spring is around the corner.


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