Jumping the gun…

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It’s the same every year, I see my first Lesser Celandine starting to flower on a sheltered mossland ditchside and before I know it, I’m checking ploughed fields on the Withins and Plex for Wheatears…
It would have been early for a Wheatear today, although not unprecedented.
I think it’s not too much to hope for the first ones in the next week or so.
A few small groups of Pink Feet around the Withins, with singing Skylarks there and on Plex, with the latter holding a nice flock of 148 Lapwings, mostly youngsters approaching their second year, while adults tumbled over nearby fields.
Mistle Thrushes replacing Fieldfares, but the wintering Linnet flock remained near Plex Moss Farm, Buzzards and Kestrels up as usual.
Coveys of Red Legged Partridges that have escaped the winter guns loafing by the track and a female Stonechat.
A few alba wagtails and one or two Mipits through, but nothing suggesting real passage, that’ll come soon enough.
Male Blackcap still coming to feeders with Jackdaws and Pheasant at Dempsey Towers today.
Messy.

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