This is a rare visitor to our garden, a female blackcap. Since we've been living at this end of Ormsaigbeg, some eight years now, we've only seen one once before, and that was a male who was here in winter. He shouldn't have been: most blackcaps migrate to equatorial Africa around September and don't come back until the spring.
Are there any blackcaps down the Raptor's end of the village? He was saying that he had hundreds of bullfinches when we had none. Now we have hoards too - this one was pictured shortly after the blackcap this morning. Or maybe it's one of the same pair we saw before, who have taken up permanent residence.