Over the past week a few birds are on the move with groups of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Pink footed Geese and Whooper Swans all going north over the garden. A party of 10+ Blackbirds towered high to the east at dusk one evening, only to drop back down into cover, as if testing the weather to see if it was good enough to head home to Scandinavia.
The first Chiffchaffs are finally singing in our village now , but only two birds. After this next cool spell numbers should increase.
One morning 4 Buzzards soared together high over the garden, calling steadily until one pair escorted the others off their territory.
Barn Owls have been very much in evidence with almost daily sightings all over the place as have Brown Hares, doing their mad march boxing.
Last Sunday our first Hedgehog of 2018 was out in the garden. Unfortunately it needed assistance from Northumbria Hedgehog Rescue due to 3 large ticks on its head. Other than that, a few days in rehab should see it ok and back into the wild. We asked them to let us know when it is ready and we will collect it to return back home.
|A few willows now ready to feed Bumblers and early Butterflies.|
|This young male Sparrowhawk spent some time below our feeders yesterday in the rain.|
|Common or Field Speedwell?|