A thoroughly miserable bank holiday patch walk this morning, with a gusty wind, plus persistent light rain, and that was the best part of the day!
Little could be expected in such conditions and indeed such was the case, with just 38 species being found, however, one of those species made the visit worth while, when my first WILLOW WARBLER (79, 56) of the spring was heard singing from a large garden over by the Scrubby Woods, a spring migrant visits at last :-)
Willow Warblers ceased to breed on my patch some years ago, their favoured habitat was lost, and with it the the birds, they are now a passage species on my patch, so I rarely get to here that lovely summery song with its delicate descending notes. The willow Warblers arrival this year is 3 days later than the median average arrival date, and the date range for the first sighting of willow Warbler on my patch is from the earliest one on 24 March (2010) to the latest one on 20th April (2002).
Better weather tomorrow, for the morning at least, could make for a more interesting day, and maybe the camera will get a trip out !