Still no luck with a Cuckoo this morning in the woods.  But another Common Lizard, an couple of Slowworms and a Pearl Bordered Fritillary.


I spent 5 hours this morning walking round the woods trying to locate a Cuckoo to photograph.  One, possibly two, calling all morning, but I never got a good sighting for a photo. So instead, a couple of photos of Common Lizards, found in two separate areas of the woods.  And a Bluebell.

This afternoon, on the way home from Pullborough Brooks, stopped off at Crawley near Winchester to try and see a Hoopoe that had been reported first thing in the morning.  After a bit of wandering around, we did eventually see it, and got good, long, and relatively close up views.  So four photos below.  Very happy with these.  So that's 2 Hoopoes in as many weekends.

An early start this morning to get to Pullborough Brooks in West Sussex for the dawn chorus.  Main aim was to hear Nightingales, and there were a fair few about - probably 5 or so that I heard.  A few shots below, along with a Chiffchaff and Dunnock.

After a failed attempt to see Redstarts in the New Forest last weekend, tried again this morning. A week seems to make quite a difference.  At least 3 males all within a 50m radius fairly near the car park at Mark Ash Wood.  Also, a nice little Long Tailed Tit gathering nesting material.