I'll start this off with some fantastic news! I asked Danni to marry me and she said yes! Result! Could not be happier with the person I have chosen to spend my life with and start a family with. Getting engaged is something I certainly only ever plan to do once so I couldn't just carry on like it wasn't an amazing thing. As a result, we booked a holiday over easter. In fact, we booked two over the course of 10 days. We spent the four day easter weekend in Cornwall and then headed to the supposedly warmer shores of Mallorca...more on that later (or you've already read about that trip depending on which you chose to read first!)
We set off at 04:30 on Good Friday with the intention of missing the holiday traffic and also get to our first location in reasonably peak birding time. We arrived at Ham Wall RSPB. When twitching the Hudsonian Godwit at Meare Heath in 2015, just next door to Ham Wall, I was blown away by the whole area. It was just enormous and there were so many species breeding there with bitterns booming all over the place.
I told myself that I would have to come back one day and explore the bigger Ham Wall. So that's what we did. Almost the second we got out of the car, a Cetti's Warbler was singing loudly from the side of the car park and that really became the soundtrack as well as the music video of the reserve. They were everywhere and just so bold. It was like being abroad.