I was torn where to go to today, but it looked cloudier on the coast than inland, so inland I went. I saw 2 Buzzards close to the road on the way up to Wolsingham and the early start saw me at Tunstall Resevoir before 7 and it was so nice, not a ripple on the water and all the birds were singing.
In the wood I soon found a male Pied Flycatcher, but it was hyperactive - singing his song then jumping around then singing - it was because there was a female around too - I couldnt get scope focussed on him so I just watched as he courted his mate.
I could hear a Redstart further into the wood so I went to investigate. This also was very active but at least I managed a picture of sorts, and I watched as he investigated a hole in the tree - loads of nestboxes up but he prefers the real thing.
I spent about 4 hours in the wood and thoroughly satisfying it was too. Others included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, all the usual tits and a fly through bird of prey, which I assumed was a Sparrowhawk - I didnt get a good view. There are a lot of Pied Flycatchers in this wood this year.
Oh and it was the 6th May and it snowed - global warming is doing funny things up here.