Just enough time to squeeze a walk around the Sands Lake in before brekkie this morning, while the sky was still blue and the Willow Warblers were singing their brains out.
At the risk of getting all "Springwatch" on you, their song really is the business at this time of year, joyful, uplifting etc etc etc.
I'd have swapped them all for one nice Redstart.
Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh, they are great singers after all, and pretty obliging for the amateur digiscoper at this time of year.
Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing around the lake too, with a steady stream of Swallows moving through.
Goldfinches were dropping in too - I've noticed there's more than usual on Plex these last few days - a reminder of how they used to be mainly a passage bird here before they discovered the joys of nyger seed.
Whitethroat back on territory in the dunes behind the Sands Lake, dancing up into the air once or twice before it began to cloud over.
Mrs D, back from the wilds of Spain (Bee-Eater, Hoopoe, Little Egret, Vino Tinto grande, cervesa and Montpellier Snake), went for a bike ride over Plex this a.m. and failed to see the remaining Cattle Egret - has it gone?
Has anyone had it today? Please let me know.
Jay, Blackcap and a new Chiffy singing in the garden at Dempsey Towers this morning - with the rain in the night, there may be more goodies lurking out there today.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...