This spring has been colder than the whole of last winter with a steady northerly wind recently. Today, while surveying Hen Harriers on the Birsay Moors there were clear signs of spring. I was treated to a pair of Twite getting stuck into a road kill rabbit for nest lining material. Those eggs will sure be cosy... The pair made several visits to the carcass and would then disappear for 20 minutes or so. There could easily have been more pairs involved as at one point three birds came down by the rabbit. Nature at it's best.While on the subject of Twite I had a nice email from a birdwatcher on Skye informing me that they had seen a colour-ringed Twite at Greshornish, Skye this week. It turns out it is one of the birds ringed on Orkney this winter and shows just how far these wee birds travel to breed from their wintering grounds here. Of the 400+ ringed this winter, we have had birds to Fair Isle, Shetland, Caithness and birds staying locally within Orkney to breed.