March 29th   Leave a comment

Wren singing - they might be tiny but they are very loud

We have had a fairly incredible week weather wise and it has brought spring on almost to summer. The degree of leaf burst and grass growth has been spectacular and most of the songbirds have started breeding, if they weren’t already doing so. Wrens seem particularly active at the moment with their disproportionately loud song for their size. The first summer migrant birds were reported at the weekend, with the usual early suspects leading the way: lesser black-backed gulls joining the herring gulls above St Andrews, chiff-chaffs everywhere, an osprey over Kirkaldy and a northern wheatear at the Eden Estuary. And today I saw my first barn swallow over Kingsbarns. I almost always see my first swallow as I pass through Kingsbarns, but usually in the second week of April, not the last week in March. Things are very early this year indeed. I know one swallow doesn’t make a summer but this one seems almost a late comer after the high temperatures earlier this week

Posted March 29, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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