Monday 4th May
Today I parked in Brooklands Lake car park and did a circuit around that lake and through the sunken marsh at the top of Abbey Mead. Not as long a walk as yesterday so the numbers are well down.
The first of 3 Chiffchaff was singing in the car-park as I pulled in and was joined by the first of 6 Blackcap. As I walked around Brooklands it was clear that there was a singing Reed Warbler virtually every 20-30 feet. really good numbers around this year. Whitethroat, as yesterday were everywhere too - I only counted 7 in my short walk but there were probably many more and must be scores in the area as a whole.
A Cuckoo called from wires over the Sunken Marsh and 3 Swallow went over. Also a Sedge Warbler here and several Nightingale (5 counted in total)
Later in the day I drove down Lunsford Lane and had a showy Nightingale here as well as c100 Sand Martin on Alders as the rain began to fall.