The Waxwing invasion, anticipated in the last Newsletter’s editorial, was fully realised with birds in the area throughout the winter months, and in fact as I write this in mid-February, they are still to be seen near MacDonald’s in the town centre.
However, after the unbelievably severe weather in December, winter (touch wood) seems to be ending with a whimper, and our thoughts are turning to the impending Spring migration with the arrival in March of Chiffchaff, Wheatear, Sand Martin and even Swallow. Who’s going to be first to put them on the forum!
For anyone involved with the BTO Atlas the forthcoming breeding season is the last one before the survey closes. If you’ve carried out any TTV’s, you need to concentrate on proof of breeding for the species in your squares, and to add any species which may be missing, especially owls and woodcock. In fact, all casual breeding records can be entered onto the Atlas web site, helping to ensure that the greatest coverage possible is achieved.