My attempt to complete a patch walk late am today was again thwarted by two heavy downpours. The under foot conditions were already fairly waterlogged after the last few days showers and the water levels are still rising ... but it's OK if you are a duck or goose!
What does always surprise me is the volume of bird song especially when it is raining although I guess they still need to proclaim their territorial rights regardless of the conditions. Most notable, of course, were the Blackbirds and Robins (they appear to sing at any time of day and at every opportunity). As I tried to gain some relief from the sparse leafy canopy during one of the heaviest showers I was serenaded by Wren, Linnet, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and a probable Garden Warbler. The chorus died down as a male Sparrowhawk dropped into a nearby tree for a few seconds rest. A pair of Bullfinches also made a brief but silent appearance.
As the rain abated a Common Whitethroat put in an appearance and after flitting from one tangled clump of vegetation to another it finally decided it was time to add its short scratchy voice to the existing chorus.
Linking to WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY.