Well, what can I say? March turned out to be a strange month with the spread of Covid-19 throughout the world, and eventually here in the UK a lockdown was imposed from the 23rd March. We are lucky that we can still get out for a walk/daily exercise, which I am taking advantage of. With very strict restrictions regarding travel, and the emphasis on staying home, the tourism industry has ground to a halt until this is over. For the time being I am unable to offer any guided walks, however I will continue to post photos and share stories from my daily walks through my Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The weather in March was mostly pleasant, I even had my sandals on a few times! Spring was in the air with Skylarks singing and Curlews bubbling. Some spring flowers started to appear – Coltsfoot, Lesser Celandine and Primroses. I had a lovely day trip to Hoy where I saw 42 species of birds, including the White Tailed Eagles, and other raptors such as Hen Harriers, Peregrines and Kestrel, it was certainly a cracking day out!

I saw my 1st Short Eared Owl of this year in an unusual place – on the edge of an industrial estate! This area seems to be a favoured hunting spot for Short Eared Owls and Hen Harriers, so there must be plenty food for them! They really are very special birds and always a joy to watch.

During lockdown, we are restricted to walking from home, so I am taking the chance to explore more of my local patch. I will continue to post here every month. Stay safe everyone.

Coltsfoot