The sun shone at long last today so I took another trip over to Bookham Common and whilst the birds weren't very cooperative (even the Whitethroats hid amongst the branches while collecting nesting material or looking for a morsel) I did enjoy a couple of hours listening to their varied songs.
I managed to locate three Nightingales still singing and at one territory a Song Thrush was uttering some very similar sounds in competition with its neighbourhood Nightingale! Of course it is not unknown for different species to copy some of the sounds they pick up from other birds to add to their repertoire.
Other prominent songsters were Blackbird, Wren, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and my first sighting of a male Cuckoo. His call was quite distinctive as the first part of his call sounds as if he has a sore throat! Also had reasonable views of soaring Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, plus Kestrel and 3 House Martins. The sunshine also brought out a few more butterflies ... plenty of Orange Tips, plus a few Speckled Wood, Peacock and Brimstones.
The forecast indicates more rain for Tuesday morning but I hope to visit my local patch to see if anything new might have turned up. FAB.