Spring in the air

4/3/16 Friday was a lovely, sunny day. I did my usual walks on the 1066 Path from Sprays Bridge. The Blue Tits, Great Tits & Long-Tailed Tit were all very active. I particularly enjoyed watching several pairs of Goldcrests. These delightful, tiny birds seem quite happy to be near people. I did not need binoculars to watch them & one pair came so close to me that I could have touched them. 4 Buzzards were flying above the field with the pond.

In the evening I went toad hunting. Neighbours had reported seeing toads in our pond. I could hear toads croaking. Using a torch I counted six pairs.

6/3/16 We noticed a pair of Blue Tits investigating a nest box. We then realised we had not fitted a nest hole plate to the box. Last year the same box was used by Blue Tits but the nest with young in it was destroyed – possibly by a Great Spotted Woodpecker. My husband fitted the plate. We were pleased to see the Blue Tits return to the box almost immediately.

Libby

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