Spring 2016

This spring we have had a number of new visitors to the Garden.

At the beginning of may we had our first sighting of a Bullfinch. This little fellow was quite content chomping through the new buds on one of the trees at the back of the house. At the pond we have had a pair of Tufted Ducks visit early one morning, and we are now also starting to regularly see Red Legged Partridge

With regards to the usual suspects, we are also starting to see more Goldfinches that we have seen for a while and like last year there are lots of Wrens, including a pair that appear to have made a permanent nest above our front door (they have actually been using this all Winter).

 

The trees and bushes around the pond are proving to be popular with a good number of Sedge Warblers which add a cacophony of sound especially in the mornings and evenings.

This year there does seem to have been far fewer Toads returning to the pond than in previous years, and some of those that have returned have been picked off by regular visits by a Grey Heron. It also seems possible that there may be something else eating the Toads as often find their dismembered bodies and skin lying in the grass.

In the Barley fields near to the house Lapwings have returned. Lapwings are one of my favourite birds, I love their calls, the iridescent plumage on their backs and upper wing surfaces and their erratic acrobatic displays.