I had another attempt at finding a Marsh Tit today but again drew a blank. It helped that I was looking in the right place this time. On the last occasion I went on a Marsh Tit hunt I thought I was wandering around Ranmore Common when, in fact, I wasn't.
This time round Annie and I were in the right location but I couldn't find one. I did find two more Spotted Flycatchers in the pine trees, though - which was good - plus a Nuthatch and a few Coal Tits. After about an hour we gave up.
Next stop was Bookham Common, which is becoming one of my favourite haunts. It's just a nice place to go for a walk. I wanted to take Annie to hear the Nightingales in Little Bookham Common, and they didn't let me down. I heard three birds and got a pretty good sighting (for a Nightingale) of one of them actually singing in the dense scrub.
What was wonderful about the late afternoon at Little Bookham was the amount of birdsong on offer - it was bedlam out there! A few blogs back I put up a brief recording of a Nightingale singing and, seeing as I like the song so much, I thought I'd upload another one from today.