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March 2019

Sunday, 31 March 2019

RSPB Northward Hill

RSPB Northward Hill

On a visit to Northward Hill yesterday I discovered that the heronry has been taken over by a huge raucous colony of rooks and the herons have moved higher into the woodland, so are much less visible. I saw several heron flying across from the stream to the wood, one of which had a twig in its beak. There was also a marsh harrier flying steadily along the stream, being hounded by lapwing.

Walking through the woods by High Halstow there were plenty of butterflies, especially peacock and comma, who were chasing around as they established their territory, and an occasional brimstone. It was amazing to see a lot of the bluebells already out. There were chiffchaff calling, and probably a couple of blackcap.