Tuesday, 5 April 2011
I left the house to low cloud this morning and immediately noticed that a number of new birds had arrived. Chaffinches were singing, Redwings calling and as I waited for the underground a Woodcock flew over the station. When I arrived in the centre of town I immediately heard a Hawfinch singing and located it sitting in the top of a tree over the heads of people rushing to work. Then I notched up my first migrating cormorants of the year as a flock of 11 circled over the parliament before heading off in a roughly northerly direction. The thought of spring migration keeps me going through the desparately bird free norwegian winter and now that it is finally in motion it feels fantastic! I am a man who is easily pleased.