A visit to the Quantock Hills this afternoon to look for Pied Flycatchers.  Two seen, but no photos.  However, some nice views of a Wood Warbler.

And earlier that morning, record shots of Bittern and Garden Warbler from Ham Wall & Shapwick.

A visit to Pulborough Brooks this morning to hear the Nightingales.  At least 3 about.  But one individual seemed particuarly vocal.  And at first light this morning he was showing nicely in the open.  Also, a Blackcap.

Some shots from this morning in the New Forest.  Lots of Cuckoo action - at least 3 calling constantly in close proximity resulted in quite a few fly-bys as they chased each other off.  Also, my first Redstarts of the year.  One pair already seemed to be checking out possible nest hole sites.  A a Woodlark - first time I've ever seen and heard one of these.

Nice long day trip to Portland today.  There by sunrise, stayed for 10 hours.  Mostly spent watching a very distant Hoopoe.  Occasionally it would do a little flight circuit, but always to distant and too much heat haze for a decent photo.  But just before it left it perched up in a bush right next to me, so worth the wait.

While watching the distant Hoopoe, this male Kestrel shot by very close.

And other things.... Female Black Redstart, Linnet (lots about), Wheatear (lots about) and the usual Little Owls.

Went out looking for Redstarts and Cuckoos in the New Forest today.  Didn't hear or see either.  So instead, a few shots of more common birds from the area around Cadmans Pool.