Well, February has been a stormy month with strong winds, heavy rain and very high tides which has made getting out for walks a bit tricky. There is extensive flooding in some areas, and my spring bulbs aren’t getting a chance to properly flower. However, it has meant I’ve been able to catch up on the less exciting admin tasks. All my risk assessments have been updated and I have updated my walk folders ready for the season starting.
Wildlife wise, the Brown Hares are starting to become more active, so hopefully March will bring some more activity. There are still lots of otter sightings which is great, and some good views of one dog otter in particular.
There was a definite lack of Skylarks during February, I usually hear them starting to sing early February, but it was the 20th till I heard my first ones singing, and what a joy it is to hear them again. It gives you hope that Spring is around the corner!
The month ended, on the 29th with an afternoon of birding over the Churchill Barriers. It was nice to catch up with the Red Necked Grebe which is starting to come into summer plumage. A lovely looking bird and nice to compare it to the Slavonian Grebes which were nearby. Also lovely views of 2 male Scaups at Echnaloch Bay and a hunting Peregrine Falcon, with a stunning sunset on the way home. Roll on more sunsets and signs of spring and better weather!