On Tuesday morning we had the first of our Tuesday morning nature walks at the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill. We were met by the site manager Julian, who informed us that up to six ring ouzels had been seen from the view point the day before. Ring ouzels are migrating north at this time of year and it is one of those birds that (for me) are always seen the “day before” but never today! So I had no high hopes that we would actually see the birds as we marched up the hill ……. but there they were. Brilliant. Thanks Julian.
Spring is a wonderful time for bird song. Those of you that have joined me on these walks will know that I like hearing birds! And I was not disappointed – nightingale, whitethroat, blackcap, chiff chaff, wren, dunnock, greenfinch, goldfinch and more were all tuning up. But I did literally miss some – no willow warbler and, perhaps a bit early, no turtle dove. Will turtle doves return to Northward Hill this year? I don’t know – but I do know that in Malta, hunters are (legally?) allowed to shoot 11000 turtle doves in spring.
We also managed to see wheater and swallow. And the lapwings displaying over Whalebone marsh were a real treat.
Next Tuesday trip – Knole Park.