... and the first short-range summer migrants arrive. The Blackcaps are in:
As are good numbers of singing Chiffchaffs:
But this morning, in the cool gloom, I had hoped that the first long distance trans-Saharan migrants may have arrived. A Swallow, a Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler? No such luck. The last of the Fieldfares have gone, but spring is not quite here. I was reduced to taking pictures of a Mute Swan on the river:
When a Kingfisher flashed past. April has been the best month for this species for a few years now, as birds move back onto their breeding territories. It was far too fast and dark to get a good picture, but this is how you see them, a line of bright flashing blue shooting past low over the water:
69 species for the year. 104 bird species (+2 escaped species) for the area since 2008.