By invitation I visited Holmethorpe again today for their annual Spring Bird Race and spent some 7 enjoyable hours in the company of local birders Graham (Birding with the Old Grouse) and his wife Sue, Ian, Richard, Steve (North Downs and Beyond) and Gordon plus Tricia (Tricia’s Tales).
For me this was less of a race and more of a stroll around Graham’s local patch. My total for the day, seen and or heard was a respectable 65 with new sightings for this year of Garden Warbler, Swift, Sand Martin and Hobby. After I departed for home Richard located Red Kite! The most common sounds throughout the day came from singing Blackcaps (I counted 14) and Common Whitethroats. Other notable species seen were a male Pochard, Common Sandpiper, Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and male Bullfinch plus Lesser Whitethroat (heard only).
Cormorant catching the suns rays