Bird Activity intensifies…

As will be seen from Mike Smart’s account of the Black Tailed Godwits heading north through Coombe Hill, it is evident that bird activity is increasing now that the chill resulting from the over-southerly position of the Jet-Stream has eased. In the past 10 days or so Swallows amd a few Martins have begun to appear, the Ring Ouzels made their annual Spring appearance at Cleeve Hill, a few other migrants have been seen, particularly over the hilltops to the east of the Severn.

The Blackcap and Dunnock that have been feeding in my garden all winter have now been issuing bursts of welcome song for a couple of weeks,the Blackbirds who have also been daily visitors to my feeding station have chicks in the brambles behind my garden fence.

I heard my first Chiff Chaff singing at Horsbere Brook on 7th April, eight days later on the 15th, I heard the first Willow Warbler singing in almost exactly the same spot.

It reminds me of a childhood rhyme… The Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies iz?

Cuckoos shortly I hope..!

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