I should have mentioned this last week but better late than never I suppose. Last Wednesday morning we first heard and then as confirmation saw a blackcap. About a mile from here there is a little sheltered dell containing a small cluster of houses with plenty of bushes and trees around, just the right habitat for garden birds I guess, and it was here that the blackcap was producing its fluty notes. I understand that some blackcaps do overwinter in the south west and this sighting was a real pleasure.
It's been noticeable that a few birds are singing now. We are lucky here that signs of Spring start early.