The theory was looking decidedly shaky this afternoon as I swept yet another Wheatear-free field on the Withins...the showers of hail/sleet/rain and other spring delights were certainly heavy enough to ground any birds heading north - so where were they?
A single Raven and a Peregrine tearing round the Woodpigeon horde were some consolation, but by the time I got onto Plex, conditions had turned particularly nasty.
Luckily Wheatears are nothing if not traditionalists, and there were at least four of them in the ploughed fields by "muddy junction" on Station Road.
Two were sub-adult males (and surprisingly hard to pick up amongst new shoots and ploughed earth), but two were fine adult males that perched up on an old bit of bog oak, trying to be all defiant in the face of the squalls.
Once they'd been soaked and buffeted for a few minutes they backed down and flew into the shelter of the steep ditch sides.
As ever, great to see 'em back.
Five Golden Plover zipping around calling over the territorial and paired up Lapwings was good to watch too - any black bellied plovers are a good thing on Plex...it won't be long now till the fun starts again.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...