Nicholas reported hearing a Blackcap singing from Heathers garden on Tuesday April 11th. Some would say the Blackcap song is strident, but it is still tuneful and attractive. The male has a neat sooty black cap, and the female cap is brown. You can see and hear the blackcap on the Tweet of the day web pages
A short walk along the Sidlaws this May day morning, to the west of the village gave us distant but good views of a Hen Harrier. It was a very exciting and unexpected sighting. We watched it for a while quartering the hillside, hunting and performing spectacular dives, but while we watched, it failed to catch lunch!
There was a Spotted Flycatcher seen in Kinnaird today, Monday 15th May. This is one of the last of the migrants to arrive. Swifts have also been seen, albeit near Clatto north of Dundee, last Tuesday evening 9th May. I have not heard a cuckoo yet this year - has anyone else?