Sunday, 20 March 2016

20th March

Fantastic weather today and it feels like all change in the parish. The reeds around the Manor Lake were thick with frogs this morning and they were putting up a strikingly loud ‘chorus’

A pair of Mute Swans have also moved back on to the Manor Lake.

I photographed this flower in the Magic Garden today. It’s a species of scilla but don’t think it’s one native to Britain so assume it is a garden ‘escape’.

The winter thrushes are moving out with Andy Johnston reporting good numbers of Redwings passing high over Scruton yesterday and there were knots of Fieldfares moving over Morton last night.  Higher numbers of Song Thrushes in the Magic Garden today may have also been migrants. They seemed much more flighty and nervous than the resident birds.
I caught up with my first Redshank of the year yesterday, flying over the river, and this morning added another year-tick in the shape of a Woodcock. The bird flew up from this drain in the Magic Garden which has proved an attractive spot for migrant Woodcock over the years.

If I had been paying more attention I may have been able to photograph it but in the end inadvertently flushed it at close range.

More butterflies around today too, including this small tortoiseshell on the stained glass in the church.

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