Sunday 19th April
I haven't been able to get out at all recently due to a combination of a new job, my wife being ill (not made any easier by her being nearly 4 months pregnant with our 5th child!) and having a week in Scotland visiting relatives.
I thought it was going to be another weekend of no birding until I received a call from Jerry Warne at 7pm tonight. A Whooper Swan had been seen on Tesco Lake. I was there by 7.45 and in the fading light had good views of the bird. I wonder whether it is the same one Simon had on his Mote Park patch? As I haven't been out this Spring I was also able to add a single Nightingale, a Willow Warbler and 20+ Sand Martin to my list.