The cold weather of March shows no signs of letting up yet, as April thus far although sunny, is still freezing, such a biting east wind bringing flurries of snow, that has halted spring in its tracks for the time being. Found three more blackbirds nests- poor birds seem to be desperately trying to find every scrap of cover they can to build them in, clumps of ivy seem to be a favourite as they are the only plant as yet that is providing any canopy.
Walked up past Castle Farm and into the woods, and on up to the Flagpole where there were some lovely views across the valley. The woods were quite quiet with the occasional buzzard trying to brave the strong winds but landing again very rapidly after being buffeted around. In the small lake there were at least seven pairs of mallards and a pair of canada geese.
The dunnocks are singing beautifully at the moment in the hedgerows. They are such an understated bird, often mistaken for sparrows because of their dull brown and grey plumage. They have however a melodious, clear, warbling song that is stunning, even more so because it comes from such a diminutive bird.
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