Lewes Road, Brighton, Sussex
Peter Whitcomb has kindly agreed to write
a monthly post to give us ideas of what to
look out for in the park.
What to look out for in March
The snow and icy weather may well have reduced the numbers of small birds around the area. It won't be until the birds start singing and nest building that we will begin to get an idea if there has been a detrimental effect. However at the end of January it was nice to see two flocks of Long-tailed Tits and hearing Great Tits and Dunnocks singing. A Stonechat and two Firecrests had also survived.
A warm sunny day may bring out a butterfly or two with Brimstone and Peacock being the most likely. Now is the time to listen for the drumming of Great spotted Woodpeckers. Most common birds will be seeking nest sites and the males singing. Early Spring migrants such as Blackcap and Chiffchaff could be heard as well as all the resident species. Jays and Pheasants are more vocal now and the lovely song of Skylarks can be heard in the open areas above the coomb.
A number of plants will be starting to flower, notably Dog Violet, Gorse, Primrose, White Dead-nettle, Coltsfoot and Dog's Mercury.
Just poking their heads through are Wild Arun otherwise known as Cuckoo Pint or Lords and Ladies.