Had a couple of hours out today which was a nice break from working on the house. I started the morning at Hendon South Docks to see if there were any spring arrivals. Unfortunately it was really quiet, the highlight being a small flock of Stock Doves. I then had an hour or so at Herrington Country Park. Again, unfortunately, the place was absolutely packed so the main pool and wood was pretty much birdless. Thankfully though a little walk round the less popular grasslands produced my first Meadow Pipit and Skylark of the year. Small mercies and all that! To be honest it was just nice to get the chance to have a bit of fresh air.