More than 20 of us turned up at Thursley Common this morning and enjoyed a very productive walk, in spite of the threatening showers. By my count we saw at least 38 species, although not everybody saw or heard everything. The highlights included Colin, the resident photogenic cuckoo, a singing nightingale and finally two hobbies. We had good views of whitethroats, tree pipits, woodlarks, curlew(s) and linnets. Plus there were several opportunities to see redstarts, stonechats, Dartford warblers, willow warblers, chiffchaffs and reed buntings. Also heard were skylarks, crossbills, blackcap and garden warbler. Early birders in the car park saw two newly arrived common terns. What more could you ask for.