20th May. We ventured out on to patch this evening as the storm clouds slowly moved out eastwards across Blyth Valley and out to sea. Out on the high open farmland we were able to watch the changing cloud formations, at times a darkened leaden blue hue above the Oil-seed Rape which was lit by sunlight from the now relatively clear western sky. Lightening flashed at times, but thankfully we remained in sunlight and dry, apart from a short burst of rain which didn’t turn into the hail which had threatened. Climate change has meant records of warmth and wetness are there to be broken. Could we be going through the coldest May for sometime?
Our search for an elusive owl remains simply a search and on this occasion Sam was unable to find even a pellet, but we had a really enjoyable evening accompanied by the song of Skylarks, the calls of Meadow Pipits and the distinctive song of Yellowhammer. Swallows flew low over the fields and the occasional Swift was flying above them.
The whole area was very different from our last visit to this corner of the patch, with crops now growing fast and trees in leaf. The Lapwings were still showing well and in number and this time at least one chick was visible. A Redshank was amongst them and calling. Chiffchaff was heard and Common Whitethroats seen as were two Red-legged Partridges. A lone Brown Hare was stationary in the field. The Redshank was a notable find on patch. We remained dry for the short walk home.