The early morning sun could not disguise the familiar shape and more critically, sound of the first returning Willow Warbler at Banks Pond this morning. The clear night must have brought good numbers in as there were two more up the range track and a possible that declined to give forth in song on the bumpy road. Three Chiffchafs and a Blackcap also sang in the copse behind my house.
Then more for the Prestwick Carr list with two Tree Sparrows nest prospecting near the ruin behind which 32 Curlew fed but I couldn't find any Fieldfare in this spot which is often best for late birds. A pair of Long tailed Tits continue to build their nest in some brambles as a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker flew past together and the Curlew were flushed north by an overflying light aircraft.
Then as I watched a lass lead her horses out of a field past a Hare that just sat stock still, a pigeon flushed from in front of her, the delicate size and lack of white wing bars indicating a Stock Dove. Two Lesser black back gulls soared with a Buzzard in the distance and overhead Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Snipe displayed.
Lets hear it for more clear nights, sunny mornings and migrants as the Carr list now numbers 76.