- I was standing beneath a tree when I heard a strange and unfamiliar noise - a lovely burbling song with both raspy and sweet notes. I scanned the branches above and spotted the culprit - a Jay! It was singing so quietly I would not have heard it if I hadn't been standing right underneath. I've only ever heard their harsh loud RASP of a call so it was great to hear the Jay's more sensitive side in its song! Even better, in the vicinity were two more Jays, and I watched the three of them chase each other around for a while. Perhaps these antics suggest they are thinking of nesting nearby....
- Siskins, Siskins, Siskins. I've never seen so many on the reserve, they seemed to be everywhere I went!
- I saw three Buzzards soaring over from the Rea Valley route near Westhill Road.
- Five Tufted Ducks on Merecroft Pool.
- There were several Redwing feeding on the ground behind and to the west of Wychall Reservoir. I've seen them here before, along with other thrushes - I think they are eating the seeds that have fallen to the ground from reed seedheads.
- Four Teal on Wychall Reservoir.
I'm afraid I wasn't feeling very inspired by the gloomy weather so only took a couple of photos! Hopefully my next trip will be a bit more spring-like :o)
|Merecroft Pool (HDR).|
|View from the dam at the north end of Merecroft Pool (HDR).|
|Blackbird||Great Spotted Woodpecker||Nuthatch|
|Black-headed Gull||Great Tit||Redwing|
|Buzzard||Herring Gull||Song Thrush|
|Carrion Crow||Jay||Stock Dove|
|Chaffinch||Lesser Black-backed Gull||Teal|
|Coal Tit||Long-tailed Tit||Tufted Duck|