Pintail are about annual, with the odd bird or two turning up from autumn and through the winter. However, we have been a bit spoilt in recent winters, as the wet conditions have made the patch more to their liking and flocks into double figures have stayed around for some time - not last winter though - these three being the first of the year.
The next year tick was one that I alluded to recently and thought might bypass me this year. Well it wasn't to be, as I found a nice Stonechat fly catching in the sun along the path by the athletics track. In fact, it was within a few yards of where the gropper was last month. It had found a hawthorn to its liking and kept coming back to the same perch.