31st March 2008
I thought I would have to wait until April this year to hear my first Chiffchaffs but two were singing this morning in the Borough woods. Still late though. Yesterday morning I just had time to take a couple of shots of the Goosanders that are in the town centre at the moment. There has been a drake at Oldgate bridge for a couple of days. It appears to have paired up with the female that bred successfully last year. I hadn't seen this individual since December. She has angelwing and is unable to fly but she has found herself a fine looking partner. There were three other Goosanders on the river; a female at Oliver's mill and two females upstream at the low ford bridge. I had to go to Amble last night and on the way back a Barn Owl was sitting in a pine at the entrance to East Chevington.