As Jo and I headed out onto Ashdown Forest for Friday's private Sussex Guided Bird Walk, the voices of Redstart, Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Whitethroat, Dartford Warbler, Chiffchaff and Goldfinch filled the air.
We managed nice views of Whitethroat and Linnet as we walked west, and glimpsed a couple of Siskins in flight. The mellow notes of a Woodlark alerted us to one singing on the wires.
A Cuckoo started singing and another singing Redstart performed beautifully, allowing superb views.
After a herd of Belted Galloways made their way past, we noticed a Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding low down and watched a Tree Pipit sing from the top of a dead tree.
After two vocal Ravens circled in front of us and a Buzzard passed, we enjoyed watching Willow Warblers and Stonechats as we crossed the stream. A Skylark sang in the distance, as did a Mistle Thrush.
A Garden Warbler was heard deep in the bushes and a Swallow whizzed past as we returned to the car park. By the end of the walk, we'd encountered no fewer than six singing Redstarts!