EARLY MORNING FIELD AND HEDGE CHECKING
The dawn chorus is not the only reason to be up early in the spring. By the end of April, the sun will be rising at about 5.30am (BST). And if you want to catch the early bird, you should really be trying to be rising to greet the sun. Many birds migrate at night, and appear as if by magic at first light. Wheatears can appear on short-cropped grassy areas, Redstarts along hedges and fence lines, and Ring Ouzels in short-cropped grassy areas beside hedges. The first Yellow Wagtails of spring may turn up in a cow field and the first Lesser Whitethroats will start sing their short rattling song and Grasshopper Warblers reel their insect like song at first light.