April May 2015

A delayed start to spring 2015 due to weather in the near continent followed by a cold spell here in March meant many migrants, who usually get here before April, didn't turn up until a week or so into April. Winter visitors stayed into April with a small flock of Redwing singing to themselves in the Blind Lane area.

At the time of posting migrants are back in force.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Wood Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo and Tree Pipit have all been seen or heard. Among them Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit are birds which only turn up sporadically and seldom breed, so they are excellent finds.

Another excellent find is Reed Bunting using the damp grass areas between the Cricket pitches and St.Ives. Also on the interesting list are the recent sightings of Crossbill, Redpoll and Siskin who are all coniferous wood specialist who don't often breed in St.Ives.

Fingers crossed there are more migrants to come!