My regular Wednesday morning in the woods litter picking provides ample opportunity for sightings. On a still morning there was much bird life apparent. Small flocks of birds could be seen at a distance as I walked through - no binoculars unfortunately. A couple of jays were noted and the inevitable magpie, although a fresh carcass of one was seen next to the main path. Jays were also in evidence, two being spotted. The wild garlic is putting in appearance all over and the celandines are just approaching their full flowering.
At the Woodside end of the wood a great spotted woodpecker was heard drumming but try as I might I could not see it. Surprising given all those bare branches however I know their sound can carry. This part of the wood produces the best display of bluebells but there was no evidence of flower heads appearing yet. Definitely a few more weeks to go before they reach their full glory. The beck has calmed considerably from the raging torrent it was a few weeks ago but you could feel that spring is in the air.