The same pair that successfully hatched five cygnets last year, are again sitting but this time in the same place as 2013, when they produced seven. If everything goes satisfactory, they should be due mid to late May.
The honey bees have not been seen on the willow trees this year but they are out in great numbers on the Ground Willow blossom. The Bumble bees can be found on any blossom, including the dainty Wild Pansy, which is quiet plentiful amongst the sand dunes.
Two of last years cygnets were on the long pond, probably the first pair of the brood that flew off in November.
On the path today we found the discarded half shell of a Song Thrush, it probably hatched yesterday, nice to see they are breeding. There are lots of small snails and they can be found all year round, and often also found are the anvils used to break up the snails, see photo.
The tide was well in on the walk back and a flock of Turnstones were enjoying a well earned rest.
Hoping to halt the decline in natterjack numbers, twelve new ponds have been created this year, giving them a better variety of type and location. Had a walk round this morning and they are all looking good but no sign of natterjack activity as yet.
Brian’s sheep are lambing at the moment and came across this one sleeping in the sunshine, the Eiders are looking for mates at the moment and on a quiet morning the cooing can be heard along the length of the channel.
On the way back there were a couple of Wheater flitting from post to post.
The cows have been put back into the new fences off area and they are eating everything, any daffs have been chewed off at the bottom of the stems and then discarded, and dying snowdrops looked enticing but after being pulled up they too were discarded.