|Willow Warblers bucking the trend|
Willow Warblers appear to be everywhere at the moment and during my early morning patch visit to Dalmadilly Ponds on Friday, I noted at least nineteen birds.
|Lesser Redpoll at Dalmadilly Ponds|
The visit also produced my first Common Whitethroat of the year and displaying Lesser Redpolls, which for me was a first. Just below the site as I look down onto the River Don a couple of Common Sandpipers and two female Goosanders were also recorded.
|Green Tiger Beetle|
When the temperature gets up later in the day a few butterflies have been noted with Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Green-veined White all additions to the year-list. I also found a few of my favourite Green Tiger Beetles during a visit to another local spot 'Don View' where I'd hoped to see Tree Pipit but like most species, these too have not yet arrived.
|Carpet of Wood Anemone|
The wood is home to a huge variety of trees including Fir, Oak, Ash, Elm, Beech, Plane, Alder, Hazel, Birch, Spruce, Larch and is now beginning to come alive with vast carpets of Wood Anemone and Lesser Celandine.
Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Common Sandpiper all noted along the river during my visit, along with Treecreeper, Common Crossbill and Great Spotted Woodpecker within the woods.
Further afield during the past week, I've managed to catch up with a Spoonbill at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg and a Black-necked Grebe at a site that due to the possibility of breeding shall remain secret within my journal. Whimbrel is another addition to my slowly building year-list when I managed two birds along the coastline at Forvie NNR and then six birds that flew over the house calling on Thursday evening.
Saturday 24th... Dazza and I enjoyed icecreams along the seafront at Stonehaven followed by a leisurely evening stroll along the spectacular sea cliffs at RSPB Fowlsheugh. Along with the 1000s of Auks, Fulmars and Kittiwakes, just 3 Puffins during our visit, but just seeing one is good enough for us!
Sunday 25th... A slight ground frost on my morning walk around Dalmadilly Ponds today. Highlights included double-figure Willow Warblers, two more Whitethroats & new to the patch a couple of Tree Sparrows to end an enjoyable week out & about.
|One of just three Puffins today at RSPB Fowlsheugh|
|Chiffchaff at Dalmadilly Ponds|
|Butterbur ~ A new one for me|