Josie then took me to a local site for Dartford Warblers, which she had had great views of there that morning. It wasn't looking good as there was quite a bit of wind and it was getting dark, but after a while a pair darted (no pun intended) across the path in front of us, and provided close, but obscured, views. Lifer!
We spent the rest of the day relaxing, sleeping, having a natter, and did a short walk which only produced some laughing Green Woodpeckers amongst the more common stuff.
With the weather forecast to be wet and windy and a train ticket booked for 2 pm, I didn't get my hopes up for Friday morning. However, after a very welcome lie-in the weather seemed to be calm and dry, so we made a quick decision to try and ring Dartford Warblers locally. After setting up the nets and playing the call for just 2 minutes, a bird flew into the net! They're such amazing little birds, and we got much better views of them not in the hand as well. We then moved the net and after just 90 seconds a bird flew in, then as Josie was processing it, another flew in! We then had a male and female in the hand together, providing a great comparison between the plumages. Stonechats and Meadow Pipits were also nearby but both evaded the net, with one pipit flying in and out again!
Blackcap, Snipe and Dartford Warblers in the hand is an experience I'll never forget - a huge thanks to Josie and her family for inviting me to stay.
Josie's blog: http://blog.josiehewittphotography.co.uk/
I'm Sorrel, a young birder, wildlife photographer and artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.