I can tell it's my first spring as a birdwatcher because when awakened by a particularly noisy dawn chorus this morning, rather than getting annoyed, I started trying to identify things.
No Sand Martins or Swallows yet (those 'traditional' signs that Spring has started), but I've just watched a female Blackbird on the shed roof gather up much of the crap and fly off with it. Preumably it's for nesting material.
Ambitions for this spring:
- See, and correctly ID, a Swallow
- Try to get over to Harrow Lodge Park at least once a week
- Try to do a 'Major' birding trip (i.e. most of the day) about once every 2 weeks
- See some Great Crested Grebes shaking bits of pond weed at eachother
The list may grow a bit by the end.
In other news, I have one of these on order from warehouseexpress.com, and will hopefully be picking up one of these from Tottenham Court Road on Friday. Exciting times.