Always good to see returning birds. As is often the case the early arrivals don't linger and this one was getting a bit of stick from a pair of Stonechats.
I'm always amazed that after a long journey the plumage of these birds is pristine. Strangely I have been wondering about plumage in Linnets. Although a few small flocks are still in evidence, most birds are paired up. That said the males are still quite dowdy and don't achieve the pink flush until well into April. So what is the point. (My thought was the birds are nesting earlier in the year than previously and the plumage changes haven't kept up?)
Male above, Female below.
Category T on the BOU list
Train assisted, not tickable