Migrant birds are starting to return for the summer.

On Thursday (7/4/11) I saw several small flocks of Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis feeding along the edges of the road.  The Snow Bunting is a bird that you can find in flocks on the east coast of England during the winter and there are about 100 pairs that breed in Scotland.

On Friday I saw my first Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) of the spring.  It ws flying over the forest following the course of a small river.  I did much work studying Whopper Swans in the UK when I was a child, as a volunteer for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Welney.

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