My first Whitethroat of the year
Female Marsh Harrier
Skylark on the old tip
Turnstone - Now developing their summer plumage with a mix of rufous feathers on the upper parts and a gradually blackening breast
Ruff - Male in the same location as bird on 6th April but apparently a different bird
Common Tern - My first of the year foraging over Keyhaven Lagoon.
A bird that seems to have a fairly concolourous dark bill.
Denny Wood felt positively warm, my main target here was to see if the Redstart were back and within seconds of leaving the car I heard them singing. Over the course of an hour or so I saw at least 10 birds many singing males but also a pair prospecting nesting sites, breeding was in full swing. A single Willow Warbler was singing but there were few other migrants evident and with time ticking on I needed to head for home.
Redstart - Male investigating nest hole
Redstart - On song post atop an Oak
Redstart - In full song
Marsh Tit foraging in fresh Oak leaves