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Dodging showers!

The forecast looked a little bit wet for yesterday's day tour for Dipten and Sudip, visiting from Mumbai. It turned out to be one of those (increasingly rare?) days of sharp downpours, interspersed with beautiful sunshine, but we certainly made the most of it!

Our first stop, on the way from London to Sussex, was at Thursley Common. We didn't plan on staking it out for very long, but thought it was worth a shot at trying to see 'Colin' the famous Cuckoo. He didn't turn up in the 30 minutes we watched his favourite spot, but we did enjoy lovely views of Dartford Warblers, Willow Warblers, Stonechats and Redstarts. Woodlarks perched up nicely too, while Tree Pipits and a Cuckoo (Colin?) sang. A Mistle Thrush belted his song out proudly from the top of a pine and two Roe Deer gave us a fleeting but precious encounter.

male Dartford Warbler
male Stonechat
Willow Warbler