Monday, April 29, 2024

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Back to Local ~ 29th April 24

🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Monday 29th April 2024 🌀 7C ~ Wind SSW @ 4MPH ~ Back to local birding for the next week before heading off to the Outer Hebrides on May 5th. "As the month comes to an end, we are finally bidding adieu to the cold northerly winds that have been prevalent in the northeast for the most part of the month. I believe this may have been one of the reasons why spring has been slow to start in this region."

View down to the River Don from Dalmadilly Ponds with Fetternear Woods on the opposite side.

A noticeable increase in the volume of the dawn chorus at Dalmadilly Ponds during my visit this morning, as compared to my last visit over 10 days ago. As you can see from the trees in the image above spring hasn't quite taken hold here yet!

Blackcap ~ Smaller numbers currently than in previous years.

Willow Warblers
appeared to be everywhere today with at least ten recorded and five Chiffchaffs were also in song. Blackcaps still appear to be a little short on numbers compared to previous springs but I did manage three sightings. With almost clear skies just three Swallows passed through today and on the ponds (16) Tufted Ducks and (2) Little Grebes. No sign of the Osprey's yet but of course, I've been away and I'll get a better picture later on in the week when I visit the local sites.

Grasshopper Warbler ~ This is from my previous sighting at Dalmadilly

A nice surprise was a Grasshopper Warbler recorded in the same place and on almost the same date as a previous sighting a few years ago. I managed the briefest of views of the bird while recording it. Also of note today a couple of displaying Buzzards over Fetternear Woods, (6) Lesser Redpoll, (3) Bullfinch, (2) Yellowhammer and below on the River Don a Kingfisher, my first of the year!

While I'm away next week, I hope the Blue Tits and Blackbirds nesting in the garden will thrive.