Wheatear and Black Redstarts are still at the west end and and adult Med Gull has flown over. Out on the trails a female Bearded Tit put in a brief appearance which is encouraging. Oh and got this nice shot from Tony Shaw of the male Marsh Harrier from earlier in the week. Curlews are now in and up to 42 I believe and the Ruff are still out on Wennington.
Yesterday afternoon we experienced a huge blizzardy hail storm for ten minutes that swept east across the marsh obliterating the view and enveloping London in a white wall of weather. It passed and amazingly the sun attempted to peak out spurring Reed Buntings and Chaffinches to start singing and for the Skylarks to give it one more go. Wrens and Robins joined and and for a brief few minutes you could actually believe that spring was pushing past the soul destroying cold, wind and gloom of recent weeks....
A male Reedy B (Trevor Oakley)
Wren (by me)
The sun is shining! It is still very cold though with temperatures well below freezing first thing. Most of the pools are frozen again and even the foreshore has iced up overnight!
Lots of bird song this morning including this smart male Reed Bunting just outside the centre.
Shots by me...
Our Easter Trail may be a bit more hospitable today and with any luck the sun will hang on in there for us and you!