Friday June 9th
A visit between 05.50 and 07.00 this morning. Bright sunny and warm.
Nightingale were again very prominent this morning with at least 5 singing and a number making all manner of strange whistles, chugs and hweets.
Whitethroat are busy feeding young all over the place and at the first of 3 Cuckoo was calling from a pylon as I walked through the scrubby area near the divers car park. Several Bee Orchids are now in flower along here.
I crossed the railway and walked along the edge of Abbey Mead. 2 Lesser Whitethroat were rattling away along here and a few 'blue' damsels were warming up for the day on nettles.
Several Reed Warbler were in song in reeds along Brooklands Lake and several Blue Tailed Damsels were in the reeds.
Along the Millstream back several Swifts appeared over, a Cuckoo sat singing in a low bush and some large family parties of Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits flitted through the Willows.
As I arrived back at my car I watched a Garden Warbler for a few moments as it collected insects which it looked like it was taken to a next low down in some scrub.