What is the collective name for skylark? There a murmuration of starling, a charm of goldfinch, a chime of wrens, and unkindness of ravens. An ecstasy of skylark, theirs and mine.
There's a breath-taking moment as you approach Scout Scar escarpment. From rising ground you heard the faintest song of lark ascending, at first dreamlike, so faint you can't be sure. Then soaring and joyous.
I found a lark close by on the topstones of a wall, his crest erect. Then I saw two males in song flight, vying for territory, battling the air.
A curlew sang its marvellous plaintive song and I followed the sound of a stone chat to discover the breeding pair returned to their last year's territory. Good luck to them all.