The first signs of return migration : Swifts disappearing, Wood Sandpipers and other waders appearing at local lakes and the first few Redstarts and Whinchats turning up at traditional local hotspots. Regular visits to these sites usually pays dividends through the coming months. One such 'spot' I've been visiting for a few years, the Mancetter hills near Atherstone has a good record as a migrant stop-over. Yesterday migrants heading south included 3 Redstarts and a Whinchat. Today there were still 2 Redstarts on 'the hill' but no sign of the Whinchat.