Still feeling very cold but thankfully rain and snow free. Signs of springs have been more evident over the last couple of days. Oystercatcher and Skylark numbers are increasing day by day and plenty of Red-throated Divers on the sea with a few flying over calling, but most important of all our hens are laying again! A visit to Skaw yesterday produced 4 Woodcock in the plantation, a high number locally. Today's news, the 2 Common Scoter were visible again from the garden and the Knot and Dunlin remain at the Houb. A probable summer plumage Black-throated Diver was between Challister Ness and the Houb though it was distant, so will have another look tomorrow.