Probably three visits each to Arcot and Wessie today and yesterday - each one blends into the next when there's little of note.
Weekend's highlights - first ever Blackcap (male) and a Bullfinch on feeders in the grounds of Liverbirder Towers.
Couldn't locate the Little Owl on a very windy Beacon Lane this afternoon. Bugger! Back very early tomorrow.
Mrs M wanted to see the goats a Prestwick - something about looking at them makes me look 'normal'. Goats duly 'ticked', off north up the road to the Sentry Box.
A Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler-like single peep, but not from the aforesaid - a male Redstart, first for the year and looking superb.
It 'ran ahead' up the hedgerows and then took a sharp left to go west along the hedgerow just south of the box.
Out of the wind by standing on the north-facing wall of the box, we watched it dropping out of the hedge to the ground and back. Beaut!
And at least two other birds leaving the sun-bathed security of the hedge between box and big tree, one being a female Pied Flycatcher (both may have been).
A text message to PCF via Crammy and also a word to the wise for Andy Lewoc and off home. I hope they contacted the birds. Nice to see; better seen in an area with an NE23 post code though.