Early start today following a weekend at work, and after the obligatory Maccy D's Latte with an extra shot, at St. Mary's Wetlands for half seven.
It was very busy, with a GSW back and forth between the north end of the place and the willows near by, and Chiffchaffs, Linnets, Greenfinches and Reed Buntings, and on the fence running west, this:
The photo does not do the bird justice. And there was probably a second one too.
The ploughed field nearby had Linnets, Skylarks and Reed Buntings again but no sign of any Laps (Buntings, not Dancers!).
Royal Newbiggin was very quiet. The Ash Lagoon area was likewise. Linnets (again), Robin, Blackbirds, Goldfinches and few of these:
Between the mess fence and the burnt gorse was a male Stonechat with a metal ring on his right leg.
Arcot this pm - Teal, Mallard, BHG, Snipe, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard (with many a Chiffy calling).
West Hartford - BHG, HG, CG, LBBG (500 the other night and building nicely this afternoon).