WE paid a visit to south Devon for a wonderful staycation in the highly recommended Mason's Arms in Branscombe. This sits in a beautiful valley running down to the sea, with hanging woodlands and grazed pastures.
I got up especially early one day to hear the dawn chorus, but perhaps the best spot of the stay were two female redstarts flitting between the hedgerows.
On a local reserve we tracked down a Dartford warbler, which was fantastic, and I managed a record shot (less fantastic):
At the weekend I went to Ham Wall RSPB reserve and Shapwick Heath NNR in Somerset - I dipped out on the Hudsonian Godwit (boo) but did enjoy the following: swifts, hobbies, bitterns, marsh harriers,whitethroats, egrets, reed warblers, cuckoo calling, grebes and this garden warbler, singing in exactly the same spot as last year (same bird?):