It's been a really lovely start to the month, the hedgerows and meadows are turning thick and green with the friendly weather. The new leaves are a fresh bright green and the blackthorn is out in full bloom, beautiful big swathes of white blossom adorning the hedges. The cattle have been returned to the pastures after a very long winter inside, and with them flocks of starlings have also come down into the fields.
Walked up the Olway valley and saw a pair of stock doves perched in a willow, don't see them very often. Further along the brook, there was evidence that the otter had been there, with footprints in the silt on a small beach and droppings on a rock in the brook so I will keep a closer watch there.
Also nice to see the spotted flycatcher back for the summer in Factory lane, at a spot it returns to every year.
Also went up to Wentwood, it's the only place locally that I've consistently heard the cuckoo in recent years, but didn't hear or see one there yet, but did see some lovely partridges which again, have been a rare sight in this area in recent years.
The new foliage is an almost luminous green, really fresh and beautiful as all new born things are, and every day it seems more flowers are starting to bloom. The dandelions this year are stunning! How can anyone think they're weeds!