Not before time…

I’m sure there were lots of them about today in the calm, bright conditions, but say what you like, your first Wheatears of the year should always put a crease in your jim-jams and a smile on your face.
Mine (not counting winterers in Gambia during January) were feeding quietly in stubble off Engine Lane this afternoon, a male and female.
She was keeping a low profile, but he was bounding about like they do.
Fine birds, if a little distant.

Earlier at Haskayne Cutting, two singing Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammer etc, with Mipits, Buzzards, Peregrine and Kestrel over.

There seems to have been something of an influx of Jays, with a bird dropping in from high up at Dempsey Towers last night, and at least four at the cutting today, including two rooting about at the edges of the ploughed fields.