I saw the weather forecast on Monday (Who am I kidding? I am always checking it for good birding conditions) and Tuesday and Wednesday were looking very promising indeed. No clouds, just sunshine. Perfect conditions for decent photography. So I booked Wednesday off and set my alarm for 5.30am. I woke before it in excitement.
I saw so much. It was an amazing day with many highlights, but I will start with just two.
These both have travelled from their African wintering grounds to return to the UK for breeding, and are possibly the two birds I look forward to meeting up with again the most when April arrives. The Common Redstart and the Pied Flycatcher.
Enough waffle from me. I'll let the birds do the talking.
Common Redstart (male).
Pied Flycatcher (male) in the early morning sunlight.