After having been away for most of the last three weeks, I was keen to get down to the wetland and see what birds were about. I was rather less keen on the cold wind and steady rain, but despite such inclement weather conditions there were some signs of spring activity. An eager to breed Sky Lark was singing over field 8383 and in the same field one or two Lapwings were showing signs of settling into their territories. The vast majority of Lapwings were still in the winter flock however, which numbered ca 350 on the farm and quite a few more in the adjacent arable to the west. This field had been a lake on my last visit, but now that the water levels have subsided , there are some lovely feeding conditions for ducks and waders in this field, with some nice areas of shallow water and plenty of muddy edges. Hopefully this will be just what the birds require over the coming months and two Ringed Plovers feeding on here is encouraging in this respect (this is the first March sighting of this species on the farm). Another sign of the coming spring is the presence of an Oystercatcher, a species which is a breeding season visitor to the farm and three Shelduck included a pair hanging out together, so maybe they might breed this year. The winter duck flocks remain in residence with 149 Teal and 132 Wigeon dabbling in the shallows, but hopefully the weather will improve before too long and the busy spring season will begin in earnest.