The month got off to a promising start with the first spring migrants arriving along the coast. At Skateraw, a couple of female Black Redstarts were feeding on the clouds of flies that were swarming over the decaying seaweed.
The few remaining Scandinavian Rock Pipits that had not yet departed for their breeding grounds were almost in full summer plumage, and some birds were starting to atain a faint pink wash to their throat and upper breasts.
Numerous Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits were also taking advantage of the abundant food supply...
The Meadow Pipit below was behaving quite oddly. It held this pose for about 10seconds without moving or making a sound. It almost looks like it was gaping to cool itself down...but since it was about 4°C with a 20mph westerly wind I don't think that is a particularly likely explaination!
A small group of Whooper Swans that briefly visited the small boating pond at Musselburgh were probably just stopping for a rest on their northward migration.
The strong westerly winds probably slowed the migration down a bit, but by the end of the month most of the usual early migrants had started to arrive, and the Wheatear stopping off at Barns Ness were well into double figures.
Of course, you can't really pass by easter without taking at least a few pictures of cute easter bunnies...
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