20.05.18. Birdlog.

Out this morning with a start along Brook Furlong Lane where the usual summer sounds of Chiffchaff and Blackcap were filling the hedgerows. The melodic tunes were soon shattered by a broadsword swipe from a Cetti’s Warbler.

A leveret was watched slinking its way along the lane and disappeared into the vegetation and nearby a Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly zipped past and then alighted on some hawthorn blossom.

On to the river where the colour ringed and flagged Ring Plover was still about but I still couldn’t manage to get a clear shot of the number combination. There were 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Avocet also there.  A female Marsh Harrier flew over the river and was escorted on its way by a posse of Common Shelduck.

The Canal Pools had a Carp which was thrashing about in the water while a Coot sat tight on its nest. One of the Mute Swan pair was still sat on its bulky nest. In the a pair of Barnacle Goose were on No.3 tank while above Skylark sang in the sunshine.

Later saw me on Lordship Lane and Reed Warbler out sung the normally vocal Sedge Warbler The Common Whitethroat were active along the lane while a Lesser Whitethroat was seen then heard.

There were c300 Black-tailed Godwit on the shallow waters of No.6 tank and later on No.3 tank where a Bar-tailed Godwit attempted to conceal itself. The usual duck species were also present on No.6.  A fast-moving Stoat evaded capture with my camera as it slid out of sight.

I thought the midday sun was playing tricks when a Zebra loomed into view.

Observers: Paul Ralston (images 1-6), Paul Crawley, Sean O’Hara.