After what has been by our standards, a cold winter, it appears that Spring has finally arrived. Bird activity has markedly increased in our valley over the past few days.
Last Friday morning I heard the first of this year´s Wryneck calling from the woods. Later that day, I was fortunate enough to see one as it chased away a Robin from what it must have regarded as suitable nesting territory.
On two mornings I´ve watched Peregrines flying over the cliffs that surround our valley, and have seen a Crested Tit inspecting various tree holes in the garden.
Whilst out with the dog for a short walk this morning I saw Crossbill, Short Toed Treecreeper, Firecrest and Stonechat.
The usual summer visitors such as Golden Oriole, Spotted Flycatcher and Nightingale are yet to arrive but that´s what makes this time of year so exciting, the anticipation of new arrivals and the onset of a new breeding season.