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It’s that time of year again – when the arrival of spring migrants lifts everyone’s spirits. This week, I saw and heard my first Blackcap in the Perthshire Wildlife garden – singing at the same time as a Willow warbler! Both of these tiny birds have flown thousands of miles from their wintering grounds to the south.

And on a trip to Aberfeldy yesterday, I heard a twittering that sounded like Swallow song. Starlings can sometimes imitate other bird song, so I was excited to see that it really was a pair of Swallows flitting overhead!

On driving south via Glen Cochill towards Dunkeld, I saw Black grouse, Curlew, Meadow pipits and Stonechat – so a great day’s birding!

Hopefully it’s only two weeks till our first swifts arrive – they are usually here between the 5th and 7th of May. Their excited screaming calls, as they fly at top speed around the buildings where they nest, is one of the quintessential sounds of summer.

Keep your eyes open for new arrivals and let us know what you spot on social media – we are @PerthshireWildlife on Facebook and @PerthshireWild on Twitter. Daniele