Hooray! The first local hirundine of the year. After a treacherous walk up the mineral line (don't do it - honest) where I nearly went 'apex over tangent' on several occasions, my reward came in the form of a familiar buzzing noise overhead and there they were, three Sand Martin, not an earth-shattering species given the time of year but my first of the year and it made my day.
Talking of summer migrants, Chiffchaff are certainly arriving now, my walk to swimming today found two singing birds on Clayhanger Common and there is another present and singing on the Marsh from the low pit mounds (known to anyone under ten years old as 'The Black Hills').
Teal (10) - Gadwall (2) - Goldcrest (1) - Chiffchaff (1)
Goosander (10) - Oystercatcher (2) - Sand Martin (3)
My feeling is that we are entering that interregnum between winter and summer, with Winter species slowly disappearing and summer species starting to arrive. Keep your ears open on Tuesday, according to my records, its the average arrival date locally for my favourite songster, the Willow Warbler.
Until then, have a good weekend all! - Chaz