I dragged myself out of bed early this morning and was at the 'top secret' Goshawk site while there was still frost on the ground. I was greeted by loads of Woodlark action on both sides of the road and saw at least 6 birds. Then a surprise at 09.45 when a single Cattle Egret flew through and headed NE. Apparantly it's a Brecks mega! Then at 10.08 a male Goshawk circled up followed by a huge female to the left a little while later. The male reappeared at c11.00 for prolonged views including some 'semi' display. A Red Kite, c9 Common Buzzards and a few Yellowhammers wrapped things up before I left to drive the short distance to Redneck Heath close to Thetford Warren. After a long walk and a short wait the Great Grey Shrike popped up on top of a distant larch. Here it sat for a while returning a couple of times to the same spot but was always a long way away. The clearing also held Stonechat while another Goshawk and a large female Sparrowhawk also showed. Along the entrance track a Redpoll sp buzzed over and Siskins were all over.
Back at home in balmy warm sun my 4th sp of butterfly of the year - a Comma was by the patio. Crazy stuff so early!