Opening the back door onto the new reality at 7.45am, the Chiffchaff singing from the tall Sycamore in the neighbour’s garden was as crisp as the nip in the air.
I’ve heard a few elsewhere this spring pre-lockdown of course, but the first one in your garden is always most welcome.
Possibly two birds out there today, they were active and whizzing about amongst the willow buds, Small Tortoiseshells and Buff-Tailed Bumblebees.
The wintering male Blackcap looked put out to finally have warbler songster competition again, although I don’t think the “northern Nightingale” has much to worry about.
I zapped the Chiffies with the P900 when I returned home at lunchtime.
Wearing my work hat, Mipits and a few Siskins were moving up the coast at Ainsdale this morning, with resident Common Buzzards starting to thermal like crazy, but more important duties will likely take me away from the coast for much of the forseeable.
For clarity, the stretches of coastline managed by Sefton Council are still accessible, but for exercise purposes only.
I don’t think driving miles to sites “for exercise” is in the spirit of the new Govt orders, but please let me know what you’re seeing locally around your homes and gardens….
It’s time to get those “lockdown lists” going!