After Quail notched up 99 on the PC list last night I headed out with fresh optimism this morning but was rewarded by a number of interesting if distant views. Firstly a Cuckoo being challenged a by Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay. A somewhat unusual combination. Then a Gropper actually seen rather than heard but further on no Quail was to be re-found. Whilst looking a male Redstart appeared briefly on the Bridle track but vanished before I got close. So it was back home for some work. By 3.30 I was going up the wall so out in developing sunshine to find some interesting moths a nice Large Skipper and a couple of Speckled Wood. Best of all though, old Red showed again perching briefly before launching off into the bushes.
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