Terribly cold today and grey and utterly miserable but being stalwart types we headed for our regular weekend wander in the arboretum inadequately attired (well, it’s May) and actually had a good bit of birding.  hard birding but we enjoyed the presence of a Great Crested Flycatcher in the middle of Pullin’s Pasture, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing its heart out at the northern end of PP, a Chipping Sparrow who came close enough for his portrait – many, many more singing in the forest – and happily splashing about and eating in the Quarry we happened on a Solitary Sandpiper.

Spot the RB Grosbeak on a cold day

Spot the RB Grosbeak on a cold day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak ... yes the blob high up in the previous image

Rose-breasted Grosbeak ... yes the blob high up in the previous image

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sanpiper almost losing balance as he comes up with a morsel to snack on

Solitary Sanpiper almost losing balance as he comes up with a morsel to snack on