We have been enjoying a very warm and sunny day before the forecasts predict a spell of winter will be returning for the week ahead.

Today a male stonechat in its full summer finery was spotted on the new heath. A couple of linnets were also roving around together, hopefully scouting out nest sites amongst the gorse.

Blackcaps and especially chiffchaff's are calling from every corner of the reserve now and it can only be a matter of time before the main influx of spring migrants return, hopefully with a cuckoo amongst them! Last night a lone swallow flew low over my garden, a nice sign of things ahead.

One of the recently arrived chiffchaffs photographed by Rob Gilmore.