.....the horrible snowy, cold and damp miserable winter weather and HELLO spring....that should ensure we get nothing but rain and tornados from now 'till Autumn just to make sure I'll do a rain dance. What a difference twenty four hours make. I got up early and walked the dog and noticed despite the cloud it was quite mild. I didn't take my camera but was cursing my luck, straight away a flock of about 150 (and that's a cautious count) Dunlin and easily more Sanderling, some of which were losing their white winter plumage and going their mottled brown plumage but only a little and mostly around their heads. I did go back for my camera and returned, couldn't locate the Sanderlings and the Dunlin were heading for their high tide roost site, not very big and not very accesible without flushing them so I left them to roost but did grab one fly-by flock shot of part of the flock.
Since it was dull'ish today I opted for a woodland walk, plenty of light in there (???) but was glad I did, I swear it was like walking back in time, the wooded area sits in a narrow'ish valley and in parts has bracken it was like looking at something from the jurrasic period and today the woodland birds must have felt the change, everything was calling and wrestling for the best nesting spots. Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Greenfinches,Wrens,Dunnocks,Robins,Nuthatches,Great Tits,Blue Tits and Long Tail Tits the loudest and very feisty, common species but it was actually very loud and way past dawn. I thought I managed a Short Toed Treecreeper image but further scrutiny revealed it to be a Common Treecreeper also a few Red Squirrels and a couple of Jays had me skipping down the lane like Graham Norton back to the car.
I also managed a few Stonechats and Linnet's but haven't got around to processing them yet. On the way home I headed for the Little Egret colony, 19 birds in total but was "scope" views only as the field is VERY private and Susan warned me not to venture in, I won't go into it here, but think cute brown cows so some more respect paid, it was fascinating watching them though and put a big smile on my even bigger grumpy face also noteworthy was a male and female Kestrel fleeing away, I was so busy trying to photograph them I totally missed the Peregrine chasing them, never seen that before, so I jumped out of the car and grabbed a record shot of the peregrine then turning it's attention to a Lapwing (I might process them). However both Kestrels and the Lapwing got away, the Lapwing "pee-weeting" away whist wiffling like mad, the peregrine didn't stand a chance of catching it in level flight. The other curiosity over the last couple of days that made me smile was a field that has public access and planted in the field was a sign saying "WARNING BREEDING SKYLARK BUILD THEIR NESTS ON THE GROUND IN THE FIELD, STICK TO THE EDGES, PLEASE" apparently put up by the owner and not the Wildlife trust etc...restored my faith a little