On Saturday 10th April it was such lovely afternoon I decided to take a walk over to Netmead field to see what was about. We had walked the dogs earlier in the afternoon so I went on my own and just wandered and watched!

Even before I got to the field I spotted some birds on the way, a Blackcap in some ivy and l’m seeing quite a few around the village, although I haven’t spotted a female yet.

Blackcap
Blackcap

As always plenty of Robins about, always enjoy seeing and hearing them.

Robin
Robin in full song

I saw this little warbler in the hedgerow it was following me down the lane, it was very quick but I did manage to get a couple of images. I was hoping it was a Willow Warbler, but when I asked on the UK Bird Identification page on Facebook I was advised it was Chiffchaff, oh well perhaps another time! Apparently they are very similar usually identified with their song.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

There were quite a number of Linnets about in small flocks, not quite as many as I’ve seen in the field earlier the year, but still a few feeding off the rough ground. I’m still trying to get a bit closer to them, hopefully one day.

Linnet
Linnet
Linnet, female
Linnet, female

I spotted this Wren in the hedge, I wasn’t sure what it was at first as it wasn’t holding his tail erect as usual, I think he was OK.

Wren
Wren

The Yellowhammers were in evidence again like the Linnets feeding off the rough ground. Such striking birds I have certainly seen more of them this year than previous years. I was lucky to get a picture of one in the flowering Blackthorn bush it made him really stand out.

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer in Blackthorn bush
Yellowhammer in Blackthorn bush

On my way back home I did spot another Chiffchaff, this time there was no mistake as he was calling from the treetop.

Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff

A couple of Goldfinches showing well in the top of the trees.

Goldfinch
Goldfinch
Goldfinch
Goldfinch

Also on the way back home a Great tit, always plenty of them around in the hedgerows calling “Teacher, Teacher” very loudly at times.

Great tit
Great tit

A male House Sparrow when I got home, we have quite a little flock in the garden always busy squabbling and making lots of noise, but I love them just the same.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow

We have a pair of Collared Doves that visit the garden, very delicate looking birds but lovely.

Collard Dove
Collard Dove

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