As ever on these forays it isn't just about the birds, I try and take the opportunity just to get them to slow down and notice things, though admittedly sometimes with two of them looking in different directions I have to keep up with what they are calling out.
Monday night was a productive session to do with new members of NTBC and how best to help them, welcome them etc. Some good ideas and hopefully several new initiatives as a result in the months to come.
Then somewhere in the middle of the night I woke and a quick wander in the garden suggested it would be a good night to get ma skates on and get to to grips with the BTO Nightingale Survey Tetrads. By 04:15 I was wandering the highways and byways with more singing Redstarts and 3 year tick Garden Warblers for company, though not a sniff of the songster. I finished around six with a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Song Thrush on loud and headed home for a quick hour before an early morning wake up call from Stewart to chew some cud.