With increasingly better weather as the Easter long week-end progressed, it at last felt like a proper spring day today with plenty of sunshine and insects on the wing. Migrants aside, it is clearly spring as yesterday I was listening to the young Rooks, Grey Heron nestlings and baby Cormorants all clamouring for food from within their respective colonies at Pitsford Reservoir.
A Blackcap was in full song at Hanging Houghton this morning and Kelmarsh village hosted a pair of Raven and three Swallows.
This afternoon a wander around Blueberry Farm, Maidwell provided views of a hunting Barn Owl (there were two in the morning) and a gathering of Common Buzzards. As reported before, it seems to be the migration of amphibians coming away from a large pond in the centre of the complex which attracts them at this time of the year. Today it was Common Toads on the move.
Other birds noted including several small flocks of Sand Martins and Swallows moving over, small numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing still, a few Tree Sparrows and a couple of Grey Partridge.