A weekend exclusively given over to BTO Atlas matters, either completing local tetrad surveys or organizing our impending trip to Jura. The weather on Saturday was problematical with thick mist until around lunchtime and then a wonderfully sunny afternoon. By Sunday we were back to normal with grey skies, occasional light drizzle and colder conditions by comparison.
The two abiding observations of note over the two days was of an aerial battle between a Peregrine and two Buzzards and a female Brambling turning up at home.. Increasing numbers of Chaffinches have been visiting the feeders too and , pleasingly, up to 10 Reed Bunting , one male in resplendent breeding plumage already. A party of thrushes turned out to be a single Redwing and 8 Song Thrush, with two of the latter looking decidedly dull, grey-brown specimens ( hebridensis? ).