Looking into Upper Sowerholme from a garden, I saw a chiffchaff singing away.
Also on the border between the Aldcliffe Road gardens and Upper Sowerholme was a bullfinch.
Then walking round to Pony Wood there was a swallow over the Arable Field, a reed bunting by the path and the two oystercatchers were sunning themselves in the field.
Then in Pony Wood box P2 was being occupied by two blue tits, both went inside.
In addition, the linnets were continuing to feed on the bird tables.
Yesterday a couple of oystercatchers were in the Arable Field.
I am not sure whether they are the same birds that we see across the Canal.
Last year a pair nested on the roof of B&Q!
Ploughing of the Flora Field took place on Good Friday.
A couple of stock doves (which nest in Pony Wood) took advantage of the bare earth (one shown).
Then the crop of barley undersown with pea was sown on Easter Saturday.
Finally, a group of six of us sowed the bird-friendly mix (to feed the birds next winter) and some cornflower seeds into the crop itself.
Spring does seem to be in the air!
Walking round Pony Wood I spotted a new blue tit occupant for one of our recently donated nest boxes (P9).
In the Arable field was a peacock butterfly.
A couple of mistle thrushes were also in the Arable field, and a magpie was seen overflying with nest material.
In the extension to Pony Wood was a red admiral butterfly and about 12 linnets were feeding around the feeding tables. One linnet in the nearby tree lined up for its photo.
As well as the kestrel in Pony wood, there were both a male and female stonechat in the Arable field (see above) and 6 shelduck and 2 oystercatchers in the scrape in West Field.
Yesterday I noticed the kestrel hovering over Flora field and, on returning round Pony Wood, there it was above me.
The scrapes around the new ponds are being visited by Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail and Meadow pipit.
A walk around the Reserve this morning gave us the opportunity to see teal on School Pond and 11 magpie nearby.
But passing Flora field we noticed a pair of hare. After scattering birdseed for the linnets, I noticed a pair of male pheasants fighting it out.
The hare was too fast for me but I have a poor photo below.
It is nice to see the activities leading to spring.
Four of about 25 fieldfare in the far side of West Field, and one redwing among them.
Photos are not great but I was 350 feet away! Thanks to Mike Bannon for mentioning them to me.
This heron was taking a keen interest in one of the ponds that we are hoping will one day have great crested newts.