Was starting to think it wasn't going to happen this spring, as we nudge closer and closer towards the end of April. Grey skies and cool temperatures delivered a nice smattering of migrants on Orcombe this morning - c20+ Willow Warbler, c10/15+ Wheatear, 3 Redstart (2 male,one female), 2 Whinchat, my first two Swift of the year, 8 Swallow and 8+ Whitethroat were logged. Also small numbers of Blackcap and Chiffchaff (quite possibly breeders), and a White Wagtail.
Noted offshore were 25+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and a Common Scoter.
Not a huge amount of variety but a relief just to see some migrants.
This afternoon I met up with Paul and we had a wander around Maer Valley, finding a Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler in the sallow clump by the stream. The Ring-necked Parakeet flew past us heading in the direction of Douglas Avenue.
Chiffchaff - failed to photograph any of the large-looking washed-out Willow Warblers.
Only managed one shot of the female Redstart. It was accompanying 2 fabulous-looking males on the track down to the Bristol Schools camp.
My first Swift of the year - arriving in off the sea.
One of two Whinchat in the dung field.