Mark writes: I’ve been lucky enough to see a few spring migrants this week, whilst hearing almost every day that the death toll on Red Kites and Buzzards keeps rising in Ross-shire.
This week I added Sedge Warbler, Ring Ousel (in a rabbit-grazed field in east Northamptonshire) and Garganey (in nearby Cambs) to my list of migrants. There seemed to be Willow Warblers everywhere at Stanwick Lakes and they left the foliage dripping with their songs. Little Ringed Plovers are displaying at Stanwick and at nearby Summer Leys. I’ve only seen three Swallows so far, they seem a bit late, but Sand Martins are at their regular nesting sites near me. I heard a Yellow Wagtail fly over but couldn’t see it so I am still awaiting that gorgeous and striking assault of yellow on my senses.