When I arrived this morning things did not bode well for this mornings family bird watching event. It was icy (I had to defrost the lock of my car before I could get going this morning) and as I drove from Sway across the Forest I soon left brilliant sunshine behind and entered quite dense fog – which just got worse as I got nearer Blashford! Opening up the hides I was hard pressed to see anything, but there were a few obliging shoveller and teal on Ivy Lake at least.
Fortunately by mid-morning the fog had turned to mist and by late morning the sun was out and the sky was blue. There have been no exceptional sightings today, but everyone enjoyed the spring sunshine – people and birds alike. This morning was the first morning this year that I have really heard the great spotted woodpeckers really going for it with their territorial drumming. Perhaps taking advantage of the fact that the sound would travel further in the mist?
Neither bittern nor great white egret have been seen since the start of the week so I suspect they may have flown (but have said that before at least twice on this blog and been proven wrong the next day, so we will see!). Although at least one mealy redpoll was seen at the Woodland Hide, on the whole the number of birds both on the water and in the woodland does seem to have decreased noticeably with the recent mild weather, so they at least are confident that spring is here.
Not a lot else to report from today but as it has been so unusual to be able to do so this winter I will just confirm that all the car parks, footpaths and hides remain open, and have done so all week! Hurrah!