White Coppice was full of trills and yaffles this bright, frost-melt morning and more birds are pairing. The dippers on Black Brook are still together and there was another pair on The Goit. A couple of curlew flew over burbling in the spring and the linnet have arrived back in their usual patch. Wrens were stuttering from all over the bracken, robin, stonechat and reed bunting were all chirping too and a pair of dunnock were also flitting through last year's brittle bracken. And on my way back, I'm sure I heard a chiffchaff.
Up on the moors a single skylark was pouring out his sing from high in the sky. Many pipits were also singing on the wing then lifting their tails to near-vertical to accomplish sheer drops back into the heather. What a difference a tail makes....
Green woodpecker photo by Rick Spence of Chorley.
Meadow pipit by Alex Auer - paste this link into your address bar to find more amazing photos: http://www.naturephoto-cz.com/meadow-pipit:anthus-pratensis-photo-8301.html