A rather cold start to the day with a brisk northerly wind and temperatures not much above freezing. Bird song even appeared to be somewhat suppressed ,or at least lacking the vibrancy accompanying a fine, warm morning!!
Gone are the Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans and, as on Islay, the landscape seems quiet and restful without them. In the space of time since I was here before (6weeks ago) common species like Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin and Dunnock have found time for breeding and are now actively feeding young. Summer migrants in the form of Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, and the odd Blackap are present nearby, in full song, and clearly eager to begin a similar process for themselves. As ever the presence of Yellowhammer is obvious with male birds' "chicking" calls at intervals along the nearby hedgerows in what is a local stronghold, holding memories of early days elsewhere from where such species have now regrettably disappeared.