Spring migrants continue to arrive - those that haven't been needlessly slain in Malta, that is - click here for details of the problem there and what you can do about it. If the Nightingales which return to Dorset to breed in small numbers every year follow a similar route to this one tagged with a geolocator a few years ago, they don't have to go through Malta, so that's at least one peril they don't have to face.
|Not quite the repertoire of a Nightingale, but always nice to hear Yellowhammer
|Another male Yellowhammer
|Stonechat are well into their breeding routine - this is the male
|And this the female
|Garganey at Swineham
|You wait for ages...
Fearing another veto, the rest of the family decided to not even consult me about the latest acquisitions - and so today arrived a pair of Guinea Pigs, donated by friends who presumably have enough to eat. At least they are quiet, don't need walking, keep the grass to a nice short sward and are sufficiently low maintenance to not get in the way of birding. Plus, being the long-haired variety, they look like they might come in handy when I get home from Swineham and my mud-caked wellies need a shine. In conclusion, about as tolerable as possessing a rodent could be.
|Raptors were also on the wing this weekend around Purbeck - Peregrine
|A Buzzard was making off with some kind of rodent. Guinea Pig?
|Whitethroat - many now back on territory