March started off very cold - indeed our shaded front garden had been in permafrost since mid December, and it only thawed out in mid-March, enough to move the spike that holds a peanut feeder.
We saw a good number of bird species, 26, with the return of Curlews nearby and a Pied Wagtail. We were concerned that we'd lost our Wren as none had been seen all month (though one has been seen at the time of writing in April). The continued cold meant we saw a Jay again along with two male Reed Buntings. Nice to see a Goldcrest again. We have been keeping a daily eye on the pair of Tawny Owls that regularly roost in the spruce trees next to our house, noting which trees they roost in each day - still no sign of taking up residence in the Tawny Owl box that I've put up there. The only sign of nest building was from the Jackdaws in the old Barn Owl box.
The linked table below shows the maximum count of each bird species seen primarily in our back garden near Bampton Cumbria in NY51 VC69 (and in our surrounding 1km square) in the period from November 2007 until March 2010, with a total count of 46 species.
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