I finally re-organised my sleep pattern in order to do some early birding on Bookham Common this morning and was greeted by the songs of Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap and Chiffchaff even before I had started walking.
Chiffchaff perched up high as usual.
Customising my ears to the various songs emenating all around me I finally picked up on the scatchy call of a Common Whitethroat(2010 first) followed shortly thereafter by the rattling 'tett-tett-tett-tett' call of a Lesser Whitethroat(2010 first) who appeared and then disappeared just as quickly. In the background an unmistakeable songster invaded my senses prompting me to investigate and confirm my first sighting for this year of a Nightingale. This individual moved to and from four different singing locations during the next 15 minutes and only allowed very brief glimpses. A little further on I heard another strongly singing from a regularly inhabited territory. [Click on the species highlighted in RED for a link to their songs].
Kestrel stopped by for a brief rest from hunting for its breakfast.
While attempting to get closer to a another Blackcap and then a Garden Warbler(2010 first) I noticed another of the local inhabitants standing absolutely motionless behind me and obviously watching my every movement. Managed a few quick shots before this Roe Deer decided to bound away into the undergrowth. Other sightings included Wren, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Jackdaw, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Canada Geese, Mallard, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a male Bullfinch plus the usual Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits. Once again a Cuckoo was also heard calling some distance away.
With the ever present Song Thrushes seeking out higher perches I departed for home after a glorious few early hours plus four additions to this years list. FAB.