An uplifting sign of spring

While out on my Saturday morning cycle I came across a lovely and uplifting sign that winter is passing and spring is starting to blossom.  Along a country lane through dairy pastureland and occasional arable fields, I was brought to a halt by a pair of aerial dancing lapwings, making their electronic-like calls Рalmost like they were playing avian space invaders.

The species is red listed and in serious decline but I’ve seen a few more around my part of Cheshire during the past few breeding seasons, so maybe things are on the up.

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(picture taken during my trip to the Uists last April where they are much more abundant and easier to photograph).