Typically when we think of spring migrants, it’s April and May that come to mind and the arrival of Swifts, Swallows and Cuckoos as the days get warmer. But some birds start to arrive in Herts much earlier in the year and one of the first back is the Oystercatcher. Over the past few years, the pattern has been quite consistent with the first Oystercatcher arriving back between 1st and 11th February, usually at Tyttenhanger, Stocker’s Lake or Tring Reservoirs. So keep an eye out over the next few days for the first arrivals. They often migrate at night so it’s also worth keeping an ear out after dark for a loud peep overhead.