It's not easily recognisable from this photo, but this is a Garden Warbler, and in my garden!
I'm really quite excited, as the birds who commonly frequent my patch, are well, more of the common variety!
For well over a week I've been hearing the most beautiful of birdsong, and not until I took time to investigate, by listening in to a snippet on the RSPB Birds by Name, did I discover which bird indeed it was coming from.
It sings up high from the very top of a neighbour's Conifer tree.
I was lucky enough to get a couple of photos when it flew lower down into one of our Hawthorns. It's the best out of the two, which I had to crop and lighten to get some sort of view. The other photo, shows a very black eye, which is a prominent feature of a Garden Warbler.
I hope it decides on a local site to use as its breeding ground? There's always plenty of insects and berries to eat in my garden.
I also heard my first Chiffchaff of the year whilst walking through woodland in Shermanbury over the Bank Holiday weekend. Even though I am rubbish at birdsong, I know this one, as my Dad does a wicked impersonation which is so like the real thing!
Move over Bill Oddie!