Migration has been fairly slow this year and while a Cuckoo had been heard a week or so ago I had not managed to see one. I believe it is the same bird who has been coming here for at least four years and I call him Cuthbert! He prefers the lower reaches of the Ash Valley and then ventures into the reserve. A walk over the fields was in order and timed to see the Bluebells flourishing.
A calling Nuthatch drew my attention and I managed a fairly distant shot.
Common Whitethroats are now back and calling but staying fairly concealed as this individual proved!
Whilst Red Kites are an every day sight now, I still can't resist taking pictures, especially when one comes down this low.
I managed to get some shots of this Jay which was focussed on feeding.
And finally, the star! Cuthbert was spotted on the wires and then dropped down to feed. I managed to creep closer as he was engrossed in finding worms and managed some shots.
And a final shot after he had finished off his worm.
Such a thrill to have him back!