The great natural phenomenon last Friday was interesting to witness - if not for the blotted out display it was interesting to witness the reaction of wildlife to the event. We noted two little egrets heading down river as they often do at dusk to roost on Watton, a large flock of woodpigeons flying up to roost in Ken's Wood and a small assemblage of black headed gulls on D res:
However the next great herald of spring arrived on Sunday with the first little ringed plover of the year on Watton Nature Reserve. Perhaps slightly unfathomable is why we have yet to see a sand martin on the reserve - a very late season for them here at any rate. On the flip side the first couple of willow warblers in South Scrub were a reasonably early addition to the summer line up in addition to now plentiful chiffchaffs.
Just passing presumably were two jays last week. They're a species yet to really get established in Holderness but perhaps as more woodlands mature they may move in, much like the expected nuthatch arrival. A further 8 whooper swans perhaps saw their passage out and Martin doing an early stint last Saturday witnessed a large (4+) passage of kittiwakes through the reserve on strong easterlies presumably trying to secure their place in Springwatch next week. Meanwhile the newly partnered red crested pochard remains present on D res with the scaup as since November. Kingfishers are showing unseasonably well on North Marsh at present; thanks to Steve Brimble for these shots: