Within two minutes of arriving at Burdon Moor this morning the hoped for Wheatear popped up on the fence line. Despite some pretty cold weather, this is a lot earlier than last year when the first wasn't until April 6th. Another Wheatear appeared and then 2 Stonechat, the strong southerly definitely doing the trick. Also here were 6 Redpoll, a Red Kite and 600+ Golden Plover.
Nothing new at Lamesley, but there were still 7 Gadwall. No sign though of the Little Egret.
At Far Pasture my first Sand Martin dropped in, with 7 over the pond. 4 Chiffchaff were singing, while Buzzard and Red Kite displayed overhead.