Out early to complete a few tasks and while things were quiet. For once the whole of the Northern Island coast was picked out in a purple-grey relief set in stark contrast to a quiet azure sea. Over the past couple of days Whitethroat and Cuckoo numbers appear to have received a boost with birds being in a few "new" places. Sedge Warbler numbers also appear to have been supplemented with birds being in a variety of small roadside sites.
A ploughed field near Ballinaby and the wider adjacent areas provided a quintessential experience of spring. The air was full of Sklark song and calling Lapwing, Linnets, another birds whose numbers have increased over recent days, fed alongside Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagatil and around thirty "greenland" Wheatear. These birds were noticeably doused with more colour than our resident birds and noticeably bigger too.
A recent major and sudden change is that Grey lag Geese are no longer obvious, indeed, numbers of birds would be hard to find! I doubt they've gone elsewhere so we must now await the outcome. Polls and opinions appear to be somewhat skewed picking up on the figures we've been bombarded with over the past three weeks!! However, an "ornithological Exit Poll" would seem to suggest we're in for a huge increase in turn out!!!