I am beginning to appreciate just how valuable the notes are that I have made over the last 5 years, and this was really brought home today with the return of a pair of House Martins.
All week I have been looking out and listening for them, as I knew they were due back any day now. And today was the day. As soon as I got up this morning I heard them, and sure enough, there they were circling the house and already investigating last year's nest.
But they were late! I looked back on the last few years records I have kept, and realised just how predicable they have been in the past.
2013 - arrived back 14th April
2014 - arrived back 14th April
2015 - arrived back 14th April
2016 - arrived back 15th April
I like to think though that they arrived back just before midnight last night, and stuck to their 14th April plan.
One of last year's broods