A morning at Selsey Bill and Pagham Harbour yielded a few birds, but nothing spectacular. One interesting bird was a Reed Warbler going through its repertoire of British bird songs. The clip below has Great Tit and Blackbird alarm call, but there were several other species being imitated as well.
Later on inland we had a walk in a bluebell wood and my first Orange Tips of the year
… but the first Swallow of the year at home is always special. As well as that, there were loads of butterflies, bumblebees, including our first Red-tailed Bumblebees of the year. Pride of place goes to the smart male Redstart, that eventually gave itself up.
A superb afternoon up in the Yorkshire Dales, starting off at Strid Woods (no summer migrants yet, but the usual Goosander, Dipper and Grey Wagtail performed well). Then further north for both Red and Black Grouse. Red performed very well indeed.