The highlight today was the sky, a truly clear blue sky. Thanks to the volcanic activity on Iceland, blasting out a huge ash plume which is drifting high over Europe, all planes are grounded in the UK. As a consequence the skies are clear of all the crap associated with aviation, and what a beautiful sight. In the blue were 6 Buzzards all circling higher until out of range. Other birds of note were 2 Little Ringed Plovers on Freeman’s Island, not so happy as there were 14 Lesser black backed Gulls, 6 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck and numerous Mallard, Moorhen and 2 Oystercatchers all jostling for space. Peregrine, Kestrel and Ravens all present near the pylons. 5 Meadow Pipits were on the riding school meadow.