As the weather has improved in the mornings this weekend, some migrants are starting to arrive. Its always good to hear the first chif chaf or spot the first Northern Wheatear. Whilst out looking for skylarks yesterday, I cam across my first wheatear. As usual they were very difficult to get near as is usually the case when the first arrive. Laying in some long grass I was fortunate to have a female come hopping across towards me.They often tend to stick around the boulders that form local sea defenses and groynes which I suppose gives them the comfort of being similar to the rocky upland habitat they are heading to.
and a male in its fine spring plumage.