It made a change to be doing a bird survey close to home yesterday morning and my alarm call was still early, but not ridiculously early as it often is! It was still very cold and for me at least this has made the Spring very slow so far. I had 7 oktas cloud cover with a 10 - 15 mph northwesterly wind.
I am surveying an area of farmland with associated hedges and ponds. It's not an area that I have ever birded in the past, and it's always interesting to go somewhere new. Talking of the slow Spring, there were a few migrants around during the four hours I was on site, but they were thin on the ground. Highlights included five Lapwings, four Reed Buntings, three Buzzards, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs and a Stock Dove. This isn't my complete list of course, but just a few bits and pieces that were moderately interesting.
We're on day one of a four day weekend and the weather doesn't look amazing for birding over the four days, and even less so for any ringing!
Botanising in Scotland June 2017 Part 1: The Agony and the Ecstasy! - At the very beginning of June we were in Scotland for the *Chequered Skipper *at Glasdrum Wood but also on our agenda was to search for *Diapensia lappon...
29 minutes ago