With March being much colder this year than of late, summer migrant species were late to return. April started in a similar vein but eventually migrants started arriving. Chiffchaffs & Blackcaps normally arrive in March but didn't start turning up until mid-April. By the end of April there were at least 9 singing Chiffchaff and 4 singing Blackcaps. Willow Warblers were also back but not in good numbers.
There have been a few sightings of a Common Buzzard over St.Ives and the surrounding area, though nobody has managed to see a pair.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been drumming in several locations around the estate.
I have only heard the Green Woodpecker once though.
Coots, Canada Geese and Moorhens are all sat on nests.
When the weather improves we should have an influx of migrants, fingers crossed it'll be soon...............