So, the plan was to head down to Hampshire to go see the greater yellowlegs, that seems to have taken up residence (very on and off) at Tichfield.
I suggested to Monkey that we have a stroll around Thursley Common, and wait for news. This was a great plan, as it wasn't long before we were enjoying fantastic views of all the surrey heathland specialities, Woodlark, Stonechat and Tree Pipit all in full song.
Even managed to find three and a half pairs of Dartford Warblers. This site was wiped out of this species several years ago due to a couple of harsh winters.
Redstarts were singing everywhere and even managed to find a pair nest building.
Nightingale was a species I have not seen here before and we had at least two singing males. Red Kite flew over, still a fairly scarce bird here I believe? Several Hobbies appeared once it warmed up.
A great mornings birding, and with negative news on the legs we headed home for some well earned browny points.