I've been rather spoiled recently with all manner of unusual birds to photograph and have been brought back to basics this weekend with some very enjoyable hours spent snapping our more common residents. It was overcast and drizzly, conditions which are great for bringing out the best of the colours as you will see in the pictures below.
Having missed the hoopoe today, I thought I'd have a look for the unusual black redstart spotted by James Packer at Brean Down Farm. I blanked on that too but was pleased to photograph a chiffchaff which posed better than they usually do for me. Stonechats seem to be a dead cert along the lane to the farm and magpies were much in evidence. I'm not sure what the hairy caterpillar is - surely it's a bit late in the year for them?? Funnily enough I think the picture I like best is the blackbird on the post with it's perky pose and bright eye.