After such a long winter it great to be finally be able to get out birding before work so this morning I was out on the patch early to see what had arrived. I don't have time to get around the whole patch so I decided to concentrate on the common.
1st birds were not really ones you would expect in mid April, 20 fieldfare and a dozen redwing plus a singing mistle thrush. This part of the common is heavily grazed by rabbits and has the reputation for attracting ring ouzels. Skylarks were very evident with a least 6 singing males and then I stumbled on a smart male wheatear. Around the edge of the common there were at least 6 chiffchaffs but surprise bird in the morning was a flyover whimbrel.
A swallow over the village on the way home near the stables where they normally breed and a curlew flying over the garden this evening.
Looking forward the the spring kicking off