Spring has finally sprung

14 Apr

It’s taken quite some while but spring is finally here. The Chiffchaff‘s are back in the bushes along the cliff, the first Swift’s are here and I saw my first butterfly today (a Brimstone).

The birds are starting to sing to create and protect their territories and there will be more migrants on the may such as Blackcaps and Garden Warblers so the dawn chorus will start to warm up.

I spend yesterday morning (at 5.15am!) out with Simon Tucker and Ian Grier ringing birds at Ravenscroft Wood near Brinkworth. A fantastic experience ringing the first Chiffchaff’s as well as Wren’s, Song Thrushes and Blue and Great Tits. Ian started to explain to me the complexities of understanding a birds age from its feathers and how the various moults a bird has effects the feather colouring and shape – clearly lots to learn here!!

 

 

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