A Host of Golden Daffodils

17th - 19th March 2007

It's been a busy weekend, what with Linda's birthday on Saturday, travelling to relatives in Weston-super-Mare later the same day, Mother's day Sunday, plus a slight case of common cold on top, I haven't had a chance to do much birding. On Saturday we went to Kempley to take in the wild Daffodils, which are in full flower at the moment and looked fantastic in the warm sunshine (photos: Paul Masters, taken at Gwen and Vera's Fields GWT Reserve). You have to keep reminding yourself that these are wild flowers. On a two-mile walk the only birds of note were at least four Buzzards, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and a calling Green Woodpecker. I keep hoping for a covey of Grey Partridges in the same spot I saw them several years ago between Kempley Green and Dymock Wood, but I haven't seen them since. Sunday in Weston, a visit to the sea-front was 'bracing', the sand-blasting followed by horizontal rain, with a cold, and I couldn't wait to get into a cosy cafe. A quick visit to Frampton early Monday morning turned up 50+ Sand Martins on Court lake, and seven Little Egrets on the flashes north of Splatt Bridge.

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