Look out for early spring migrants. Here they come!
Typically first to arrive are Black Redstart, Wheatear, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Little Ringed Plover, and Garganey. A singing Chiffchaff has already been reported in the Ross area as well as a singing Blackcap. And a Cetti’s Warbler was heard at Lugg Meadows.
And the first of the winter visitors depart, Bean Goose and Bewick’s Swan , White-fronted Goose, Pochard, Goldeneye, Whooper Swans. Large flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing are still around, and some are coming into gardens. But depending on weather conditions will soon be departing. For some bird species these changing weather conditions have been a challenge.
Many feeder watchers have been rewarded with visits from Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Redpoll, and Siskin. One member was fortunate to have Tree Sparrow visit his garden. And Dunnocks, Song Thrushes and Chaffinches have begun gracing our gardens with their uplifting songs.
Also of note there has been one, possibly two, Mediterranean Gulls spotted at several well-known birding sites in the county.