On the reserve I walked around the play area into the woodlands and then back to the bus stop where I stopped for a break. From the bus stop I spotted a bird in the hawthorns behind and immediately thought Redstart a female type, I only saw it briefly as two magpies chased each other in to the same bush and it disappeared in to the bushes heart. I grabbed my camera, moved closer and waited for it to come back out as the magpies had moved on.........and I waited and waited! Alas after probably three hours and a few sorties around the area I never saw it again! But I did see, particularly after a shower of rain had passed through, great numbers and variety of warblers actively feeding. There were at least 5 or 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 elusive Garden Warbler which would only show very briefly and never the whole bird. Good numbers of Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and a couple of Willow Warblers.
|Common Whiethroat feasting on blackberries|
|A Spotted Flycatcher was a nice surprise|
|Lesser Whitethroat also tucking into blackberries|
|A Hobby flew over quite high up|