Thursday, 10 February 2011


I was thinking yesterday that it would be a real treat to hear the first Blackbird singing, and lo and behold this morning there was one belting away at the back of my house. So that's joined the Great Tits, Song Thrushes and Dunnocks as heralds of spring.

I posted a note on Birdforum a couple of days ago about a juvenile Collared Dove, fresh out of the nest, that I found near the centre of Braunton on Tuesday. Unable to fly and most of it's flight feathers and tail feathers still in pin. I left it to the ministrations of the two adults I could hear calling nearby. Anyone else got any early breeders?