It defies belief that those who are prepared to destroy important habitats are so short-sighted that they are not aware of the wildlife which occur within these habitats, or perhaps they are so ignorant and dismissive that they do not want to know.
Once again, the weather today resembled mid-winter with a fresh northerly wind bringing snow, hail, and heavy rain showers.
I decided today to completely circumnavigate Merton Park with a view to finding summer visitors. As expected in such conditions, few birds were noted, however, sheltered parts of woodland held singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and a single Willow Warbler.
|Tree Sparrow at Merton 26/04/16|
Only a single Whitethroat gave a brief burst of song from a roadside hedgerow.
Tree Sparrows have long been associated with the Merton area of Breckland. This morning I found several at a traditional location, this included one bird carrying nesting material, a large white feather. This bird temporarily lost the feather in the strong wind and attempted to fly-catch in order to retrieve it, which it did eventually. This left me laughing at this comical behaviour.