The mid morning sky was overcast so I decided on a local stroll from home and headed off towards Horton Country Park. As expected Castle Woods produced the majority of my patch sightings:-
Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits; Wren, Robin, Chaffinch, Nuthatch (heard), Crow, Magpie, Parakeets, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling and drumming, Jay and Treecreeper.
After an hour the first of the light showers appeared and continued for most of my time outdoors so the camera stayed inside its bag. At the Golf Course I added the usual Mallard and Coot on the pond. Dunnock and Song Thrush both singing heartily from nearby shrubbery. Close to Four Acre Wood I had my first glimpse of a male Blackcap skulking through the brambles.
Two friendly horse riders also enjoying the fresh air quietly trotted by just as I heard the first of several Chiffchaff singing around the park. A little further on during an increase in the precipitaion I watch another two male Blackcaps arguing about territory rights. Several Green Woodpeckers were heard 'laughing' throughout my stroll but never seen.
Blossom errupting all around the park certainly brightened up the otherwise dreary outlook. The back held up reasonably well but I was glad to get back home for a cuppa. FAB.