March and April – what to look out for
Spring fever is in the air. March and April – what to look out for, This is such an exciting time of year with plenty of spring wildlife to look out for. Buds are budding and the first blossom of blackthorns and then hawthorns are pretty as a picture. The hedgerow by the North Pool Hide is worth a look, open the side shutters to see what birds are among the blossom. Last time I looked through the shutter a chiffchaff sang to me.
Butterflies and insects
Look out for the first butterflies:
New spring-time arrivals
The distinctive Wheatear with its “bandit” face mask comes all the way from Africa for the summer. You might seen them anywhere, this one was on a washed up log on the salt marsh.
Many of our regular visitors are showing off their breeding plumage.
For most of the year Black-headed gulls have white heads with just a telltale white spot behind the eye. But this time of year they actually live up to their name.
Our wildlife are looking to nest and rear young so this is the time for courtship displays.
Male shelducks display to impress a mate, though clearly it is not working here! She looks decidedly disinterested. Look out for them on the foreshore and on North Pool Island.
Or you may be lucky enough to see oystercatchers strutting their stuff on the North Pool island or on the foreshore.
Water Voles are becoming more active in the rhynes. Now is a chance to glimpse one swimming. It gets harder to see them once all the reeds start growing.
While on the Salt Marsh
Sea scurvy grass in flower on the salt marsh. It is rich in vitamin C and sailors used to eat it to prevent scurvy.
There is so much going on among our spring wildlife so this is just a taster of things to look out for.