After returning from our snow walk on Thursday I spotted a greyish shape moving through the Hawthorn. Grabbed the bins and immediately shouted "Mr. Blackcap is back - last seen in the garden 12 months ago"! After what seemed ages he flew up onto the patio and was checking out one of the fat feeders and this gave me the opportinuty for a few snaps through the double-glazed window.
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is a migrant warbler that normally arrives in the UK in April/May and returns to the warmth of Africa in Sept/October but there are an ever increasing number of garden sightings, particularly in the southern UK, during the winter. The question still remains as to whether these are all non-migratory birds or visitors from North-eastern Europe just spending the winter over here.
Hopefully he will return and we might get another chance to play. FAB