As I sit here typing this I am thinking to myself how strange it is to reach the 8th April with virtually no records of summer migrants on my Breckland patch. By now, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Sedge Warblers, and Reed Warblers should all be in full song and display, Swallows, House Martins, and Sand Martins should be filling the skies, hunting winged insects.
Larger and stronger migrants have already arrived, this includes a fine male Ring Ouzel at Breckles on 29th and 30th March, and several Stone Curlews on the patch in the first few days of April......but what of smaller migrants such as Warblers.
|Male Ring Ouzel at Breckles, Norfolk 30/03/13|
It should be an exciting week to 10 days ahead, the skies should be filled with millions of migrating birds - let's hope they arrive safely and enjoy a successful breeding season.