With the news that London had its earliest Wheatear on record yesterday I set off along the path to Hope Point full of that eponymous quality. It was a glorious, but misty morning and the Skylarks were in full voice.
There were no migrants that I could find, just one of the small influx of Stonechats that arrived this week.
Nothing much on the sea either though I did have a fly by of two Shelducks. The dredger, I think it#s the Coral Millepora was off shore towards Kingsdown, this seems a favourite mooring site for this vessel.
In the garden there has been a definite increase in the number of Chaffinches and Greenfinches this week. Last year this was a prelude to a few Bramblings later in the month, so I'm hoping that they will stay a few days this year.
Greenfinches are beginning to sing and display, but I think it is a little early for them to be nesting, although I have seen a Blackbird acting rather furtively around one of the bushes they normally nest in.Frogs are back in the ponds in some numbers, but so far no spawn. Last year there was a lot of spawn on the 14th Feb, but a late frost seemed to kill most of it off. I hope we have better luck this year.