Sunday 19th May

Unfortunately my prediction of the start of something really good after the mini fall on Wednesday has not come to fruition. Wednesday's birds left on Thursday though there were still quite a few RINGED PLOVER and DUNLIN around first thing. The dry conditions has meant that the floods have been steadily receding again and it's been hard work finding any birds there at all. On Saturday there was a single REDSHANK and four RINGED PLOVER and today there were 5 RINGED PLOVER, 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and a single DUNLIN but that's been about it. 

The CUCKOO has been around in Burgess Field until Saturday at least so it looks like it may well be having a go at attracting a female to the territory though there have been no reports of the bubbling female call at all so far. Alex Martin reported a couple of reeling male GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS on Saturday evening as well - it's nice to have a couple of these secretive warblers back again.

It's been pretty tough going on the moth front as well though Saturday night was good with quite a few new species for the year. You can follow my garden mothing efforts (and those of Steve Goddard as well) on the Garden Moth Challenge web-site.

 Muslin Moth
Waved Umber

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