On the way home from doing a bird survey this morning, I went for a walk around Wybunbury Moss. It’s a few weeks since I paid one of my regular visits and, at last, spring is really is starting to show.
Getting out of my car, the first sign was the sound of a chiffchaff letting out its distinctive call from high up in a nearby tree. To me these diminutive little birds are a clear sign that the season has turned; some are long distance migrants while others stay and overwinter here, but when they start signing I feel spring really has arrived.
Heading up into the church yard, the daffodils are out in full bloom, their heads being buffeted in the increasing breeze. Other birds are starting to make themselves heard, with greenfinches, goldfinches and gold crests all singing in the trees.
Walking around the outside of the Moss, other plants are showing their first growth of the year. Leaves are coming out on the hawthorn hedges and brambles bushes, dandelions are unfurling their first flowers, nettles are sprouting, the gorse is well out in bloom and the catkins are opening on the willows.
On the far side of the Moss, circling up in the strong winds, was a foursome of buzzards, calling and playing in the rushing air. There was also a busy movement of jackdaws, crows and magpies all around the area as they prepare for breeding season.
However, the spring is yet to be in full swing; others are missing and yet to arrive. The great movement inwards of our summer visitors has yet to really be felt but over the next few days and weeks, the woodlands, fields and hedges will welcome a great influx of avian life bring the spring to its rapturous heights.