Tomorrow is the start of another new month, April first, and with the slight improvement in the weather we find Pied Flycatcher are back on station, Willow Warblers singing from the tree tops Ospreys at or on way to their preferred nesting sites across the country. how happy are the watchers out there as more new birds will be added to the year list, with many hoping to achieve the 200 total or better. And with the warmer weather the chance of an overshoot always being hoped for. So what has been going on over the last few weeks? not a lot but a few nice things came about as the days went by, so to start with Shoveler are displaying as are Mute swans, all involving lots of head bobbing and chuntering loudly. I shall keep this short as the sun is shining out there and I am off to enjoy it.. So here you go.
Meadow Pipit early morning light.
Red Grouse in morning sunshine.
Mute Swans Grebesque.
Female Red-breasted Merganser.
Wheatear on South Stack.
Stonechat on Gorse.
And again a lovely male.
So all caught up at last, thank goodness,
You know I feel a Rant coming on,,, so here's the thing, if we take the number of dogs in the country and the average weight of their droppings at 1kg that will amount to a whole pile of shit, we would be getting into the realms of unbelievable piles of shit! Yes! many owners pick it up bag it and walk of with it,, until they can not find anywhere to put it, no bins. So the result is "no one looking I shall sling into the trees, where it will hang for anything up to 5 years or more. this is most prevalent on Nature Reserves and the like. AND NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT! however get a photo of culprit\s and send to council with vehicle Reg if you can get it, the council will prosecute with sufficient evidence,,, or retrieve it and give it to them back hang it on their wipers, they don't like that at all. So go on chase your parish, town and county council to provide bins ,,, recycle some old oil drums and empty them !!! cant see it happening oddly enough....