Shortly after I got out of my car I heard a Cuckoo, unfortunately it was literally just one "cuckoo" and not a single other note was heard. A year-tick, but a bit unsatisfactory, I hope that doesn't turn out to be the only record this year.
Dave arrived and immediately relocated yesterday's Red Kite. This time it showed well for twenty minutes, and was briefly mobbed by a Raven.
Unlike yesterday afternoon, Lesser Whitethroats were in full voice, and we eventually counted at least seven singing males (a site record). It is very likely that some of these birds were just passing through. Whitethroats are also on the increase, about five being logged.
The route past Bannams Wood produced a pair of Mistle Thrushes, a pair of Marsh Tits, and an adult Peregrine.
Our return journey took us past three Wheatears before we found a male Redstart in a hedge near the Pheasant pens.
That was about it for today. The forecast is for continuing cold northerlies, but it seems the birds will get here no matter what.