Mute Swan - on eggs plucking breast down
A visit today between 6.30am and 10am. Managed to add seven to my New Hythe year list including a New Hythe 'tick'
Fantastic total of 17 Nightingale
this morning singing all over the area. My first Garden Warbler
singing from the peninsula near Brook House and Whitethroat from what seemed like every bush. 2 Cuckoo
around the sunken marsh, 3 Sedge Warbler, good numbers of Reed Warbler
- one along the river, a couple around the sunken marsh and the usual good numbers around Brooklands Lake. 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Swift
from the Sunken marsh, 9 Swallow, my first of 2 Common Tern
and a Little Egret over the sunken marsh along with 4+ Great Black Backed Gull, my first Jackdaw of the year (!) and 3 Linnet.
Best sighting was on the way home. The rain started to fall so I dropped in at Alders Lake hoping for another Tern to drop in. As I got out of the car I heard the unmistakable call of a Whimbrel. Looking up I saw 2 going over...a New Hythe tick! Also, for good measure there was another Common Tern in the pouring rain.