Lesser Redpoll is a first for me and a first for my local patch, two turned up before being spooked by a dog walker and all I could manage is a very poor record shot – included so you know I haven't completely lost the plot.
The first frog spawn was about a week ago, I didn't make a note of the date and the first blossom has been out for about the same time.
The first butterfly of the year flew by above eye level with positive intent and then had the audacity to fly back again. All I could see was 'small and orange' and at first I though it was a skipper but dispelled that idea. I haven't given too much though for an id. Too small for a comma which is often the first I see hereabouts.
The first singing chiffchaff is about apparently but I personally haven't heard it and that blazing flash of blue gave away a departing Kingfisher.
The male and female grey wagtail have been clocked, as last year but only once after about 8 recce's. Too many dog walkers and a bit too cold to date I fear.
There is a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming away at times and I think I know the dead trees, but not seen him or her yet (although I had junior regularly in the garden a few years back).
The bullfinch have become harder to find and only fleeting views, although I had a female today out of the thick hedgerow and up on the top branch of a tree, clear blue sky and bright sunshine... then another dog walker!
I have been taking some time to record the garden birds so here are some more!
|my first Lesser Redpoll|
|feeding on willow buds – only problem is there are three miles of them hereabouts!|
|two Goosander from earlier during that 'grey' period|
|the first buds of spring – played havoc with my allergies!|
|there's some drumming going on|
|I have been concentrating on trying to photograph Coal Tits just lately|
|one of the Dunnock's; the female up to no good as usual|
|I have been trying to catch up with this female blackbird – so thrush-like|
|the distinctive white throat attracted me to this individual|
|one of three robins hereabouts|
|a lot of wing flapping going on|
|and the local Long-tailed Tits have been obliging (at times)|
oh, and another first; two mallards mating...
nothing unusual about that and not the first time I have seen two mallards mating, but the first time I have sen two male mallards mating!