And time remember’d is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten.
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins
A C Swinburne 1837-1909
31st March. I got out on patch today and after a couple of earlier failures on short walks near the village I at last picked up the song of several Chiffchaffs. I may have missed these in the past day or two but chat with a couple of other keen patch birders confirmed to me that this species has been very late in arriving on patch this year. I was pleased also to find my first Lesser Celandine of the spring. I haven’t been getting out much of late so this too was a real pleasure to find as it reflected the light from a warm sun.
I walked across to the lake to find it very quiet once again, but with two pairs of Great Crested Grebe showing well. I don’t suppose that news is new to many, as I hear that photographers have been visiting from far and wide. I didn’t walk the whole length of the lake so I’m not sure if the fifth grebe was still present. Pochard, and a few Goldeneye were still about and the odd Lesser Black-backed Gull put in an appearance.
I was exercising my hearing as much as anything today as Sam and I have been asked to lead the Dawn Chorus Walk at the Rising Sun Country Park at the end of April which will mean a 4am start for us. Our fee will be donated to the NHSN. Songs and calls I picked up today included Nuthatch, Robin, Wren, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch et al. Greenfinches were especially noticeable.