|The male Common Redstart occasionally ventured out onto the anthills in the|
north-west corner, but always kept its distance.
|The male Common Redstart doing what it does best - flying off.|
10+ Northern Wheatears (8 males, including 1 Greenland type, and 2 females including a possible Greenland bird - below) also in the north-west corner were a little more approachable (as you can also see below).
|Male Northern Wheatear on it's obligatory anthill.|
|Above and below: Female Northern Wheatear. This bird is quite dark, rich buff|
above and below, and long winged (8 primary tips visible) - oenanthe
2 House Martin over N and a female Common Whitethroat were my first of the year. Best of the rest was 1 Little Owl (patch tick) along the hedgerow in the north-west corner early morning, 1-2 Common Buzzard over, 1 Little Egret along the Colne, large numbers of Linnet and Meadow Pipit and quite a lot of Robins. Also a Red Fox. On Stanwell Moor 1 Swallow, 6 Blackcap (5H), 2 Willow Warbler (1H), 5 Chiffchaff (2H) and 2 Shelduck was about it.