Richard Perry has had some good birds on his two patches in the West Chase during the early part of the month. Woodlarks were seen twice (singletons), and sixteen crossbills were a good find. There were two separate sightings of a female stonechat on the less wooded patch, and a pair of crossbills. Willow warbler numbers on both patches increased from one to six, and tree pipit numbers rose from three to a very pleasing seven. A male redstart was seen briefly at LP.
Two male blackcaps, two sparrowhawks, and three siskins were also of note.