One of the signs of spring on the patch are the returning oystercatchers and Fridays' walk round revealed two pairs, one pair at Freemans pools and one pair at Frog pond. The Freemans pool couple are usually successful and have raised two chicks in each of the last two years. I am not sure about the success rate of the Frog pool pair. These have a lot to contend with the grass being cut early in the year for sileage. I have noticed oystercatcher pairs at Frog pond since 2003 when I started to visit Aldcliffe. I wonder if it has been the same pair every year?