Unfortunately it's a fairly bird-free stretch of river, other than the usual Wood Pigeons, Crows and the odd Magpie flying across. There are 14 Long-tailed Tits in the willows today, rather than the 7 or so that I normally see.
Gathering in the trees and on the power lines by a ploughed field there's a flock of 100 Fieldfares. Fifty of them get up and wheel around over an isolated clump of willows as if they're preparing to land. They veer off again at the last moment, as if they're too skittish to settle.
Just after sunset, I start painting the wall in the little bedroom. As soon as I turn on the light a gnat and a green Lacewing fly in through the open window. It reminds me of mothy summer evening.