It's been a strange new year. Mild temperatures and high winds seem to be disrupting normal patterns. I saw the first snowdrops of the year yesterday, which is 11 days earlier than last year. There have some large gatherings of birds including these lapwings. I've only ever seen handfuls of these birds, but I understand that historically large flocks were common over local fields, so it's great to see this sight. Getting up close, we could hear the fantastic noise of their 'pee-wit' calls as they wheeled and bobbed over the wintry fields.