Saturday morning was spent surveying a lowland farm site near Lesbury. The first bird of interest was a very confiding second-year male Peregrine sitting on a fence line. Small numbers of Lapwing were starting to display and good numbers of Curlew (55) were feeding in a pasture. Two Buzzards were eyeing up the large numbers of Brown hares (14 in one field).
Good numbers of Skylarks (25+ males) were in full song and the first of the returning Meadow pipits were seen. Other species of interest included a pair of Stonechat, at least 7 Yellowhammers and several Tree sparrows.
Visible migration included small parties of Siskins moving north.