It looks like spring has just about made it up this far. Yesterday evening as I stepped of the train at Abercynon station I had my first Sand Martin of the year overhead. It looked like it was checking out the colony site in the station wall. I think its my earliest at this site, but the latest date for my first Sand Martin by quite a margin.
Then walking to the station this morning in heavy rain, I heard my first Blackcap singing along Tram Road Side, just up from Abercynon road depot. This territory is always the first to be claimed by returning Blackcaps. I expect the next two favoured sites to be filled by Monday. Funny how you get to know which territories are favoured, even if you can't figure out why.