The Blackthorn failed to flower until the first week of May this year, indicating the impact of a late winter and this continued to effect the timings of many other blossoms, including Hawthorn, that eventually came out in June.
Swifts arrived a day or two later than previous years over the reservoir on the 8th May, but the weather continued to be wet and cold for another week or two afterwards. A pair of oystercatchers spent an evening flying around the reservoir on the 7th May, but were not seen again. I have not heard any cuckoos calling around the allotment this spring, even at dawn, but it may be as much to do with poor weather as anything else. Continue reading
I have included unusual and first sightings of the year. If anyone else would like to contribute in the future then please let me know!
January brought snow and with it 6 goosanders arrived circling the reservoir for a while before landing. Waxwings from the mainland of NW Europe were seen on several occasions around the allotments, as were fieldfares and redwings feeding on the apples remaining on the ground. These last two stayed until the first week in April. Long tailed tits, siskins, goldfinches and both green and great spotted woodpeckers were regular visitors to bird feeders and fruit trees, along with our normal garden birds. Continue reading