The most obvious bird was Stonechat with family parties all over the place, closely followed by Linnets and singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat. The first quality bird came in the form of a single Woodlark, the only one we noted, followed by two Redstarts, four Tree Pipits and a single Dartford Warbler over the course of three hours. Other notables included Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Cuckoo, Buzzard, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Long-tailed and Coal Tits, Goldcrest, Redpoll, Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Yellowhammer.
After a brew back at the car we checked out three other locations around the forest before heading home to the Marsh. As far as I`m aware the eagle was not seen this morning, although there was only a handful of birders at the Gills Lap watch point.