I only made it out on to the patch three times in March, recording 50 species of birds. Five of these species were new for the year, and one was a patch life tick.
- The stunning drake Garganey on Jubilee Pond found by Rob S. on 31 March – my first full patch life tick this year.
- Winning the local Wheatear sweepstake by correctly predicting 17 March as the first arrival. Seeing it perch up nicely after being found by Tony B.
- Hearing my first Cetti’s Warbler (found by Marco J.) on Wanstead Flats (last bird being on the Roding) also on 17 March.
- Spring being sealed on 23 March by singing Blackcap and first sighting of Sand Martin.
- Whilst pleased to see some of the early Spring arrivals, I missed a few others that my colleagues picked up, namely a record early House Martin and Swallow.
Highlights from elsewhere were:
- Adding a new bird to my French Patch list (albeit not the most exciting of additions): Mistle Thrush.
- Other highlights of a week working my French Patch were: Griffon Vulture, lots of Golden Eagle sightings, courting Ravens, singing Woodlark, Black Redstart, Stonechat closer to the house than I have had before, Crested Tit, singing Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, and more Sardinian Warbler than you would know what to do with.
My birding month in five pictures: