The emergence of snowdrops in the garden are a much welcome reminder that spring is on the way. Another sign is the return of the oyster catchers. These birds spend their winters on the coastline and return to the high country for the nesting season. They are one of the first birds to arrive at the end of winter and bring a much-anticipated hint of warmer, longer days.
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