An evening walk up Chapel Lane, round Westland Green and back via footpaths across Ash Valley G.C. gave up most of the usual suspects. 20+ linnets in one tree near New Road on the golf course was a good find, whilst blackcaps and chiffchaffs sang. Yellowhammers chirped from telegraph posts and the regular finches and tits were observed throughout the walk. Light was very poor, with heavy grey clouds, so songsters remained fairly quiet and no butterflies were recorded. I still await my first 2009 cuckoo for the parish!
Grateful to Chris Lowry, Little Hadhamite, for forwarding me this cracking swallow photo. This was taken at Lordship Farm on our Dawn Chorus walk on 18th April.