Early morning visit to Ashley Walk in the New Forest today.  Quite a few Cuckoo about, including one that flew in close (while I was watching a Redstart) and then got mobbed by what I think was a Tree Pipit. Will try for these Cuckoos again I think - stil potential to get better photos.

In the same area this morning, Wheatears, Dartford Warbler and an Adder.  The Adder was right in the middle of the track and I didn't spot it until it suddenly coiled up and hissed.  I must have been about a foot away from stepping on it.

A few photos from today - out and about at RSPB Pulborough Brooks in the morning, and on Salisbury Plain late afternoon.  Nightingale, Wren, Adders, Stone Curlew, Fox.  First Stone Curlew I've seen - very, very distant though, and only spotted because it moved around a bit.

Went to Fishlake Meadows today, trying to find a Cuckoo.  Heard one and managed a brief record shot.  Also, a Chiffchaff and a Sparrowhawk.  Sparrowhawk is a useful comparison to the Goshawk photo of the weekend.  Note the much stronger barring on the underneath of the wing of the Sparrowhawk.

A walk in the New Forest this morning to try and find Cuckoos.  Heard none, saw none.  But did get a nice view of a Goshawk circling overhead.

And later in the morning, popped down to see the Mandarin ducks at Eyeworth Pond.

Redstarts have returned to the New Forest.  Saw a couple this morning, singing away. 

Also quite a few Firecrests about.

No sign of any Cuckoos yet though.