As ever, the yellow headfs of the coltsfoot heralds spring and today was no exception along the old railway tracks that criss-cross the fields around our village. Not only was coltsfoot the herald of spring but also several newly arrived chiffchaff, lapwings displaying in the ploughed fields and, of course, the first of the blackthorn flowers breaking out. Some of the wild bird cherries were in full blossom and looked fantastic lining the old railway cuttings. The air was full of birdsong as chaffinches belted out their song along with robins and dunnocks. With sand martins already on the local reservoir, the earliest ever spring record for us, it feels well and truly as if spring is here. Coltsfoot and bird cherry are featured here.