White flowers of blackthorn appear on the limestone clitter of Scout Scar and blue moor grass is in flower. Warm weather and southerly winds saw an influx of redstart yesterday, not yet swelling into full song. Willow warbler were abundant. I await the cuckoo, on migration for almost two months. All these new arrivals remind me of their migration routes, their dependence on weather- windows and wind direction. From warm southerlies to chilly north -west winds to come- how will they fare?
Next day, sleet and a chilly wind. What will the redstart make of this sudden change in temperature? Not much to sing about this morning.
Willow warbler sequence. And ash buds bursting into flower.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)