Ravensthorpe Reservoir was the venue today for two Cuckoos, which seem to be in short supply so far this spring (courtesy of Celia Martin and Cathy Ryden). Cathy this evening also located three drake Mandarin Ducks in a field next to the reservoir, although I would speculate they may have originated from the nearby Coton Gardens...
Harrington Airfield provided some good birds today which included the still-singing male Ring Ouzel by the shooting wall off the main concrete track, four 'Tundra' Ringed Plovers in the adjacent bean field, at least nine Wheatears, four Grey Partridges and a Hobby.
Please note that a ringing session is planned along the old airstrip and bunkers this coming Friday and these areas will have restricted access. However this spring it seems that all the best birds have been next to the concrete track, and this and the adjacent footpaths will remain accessible throughout.
Birds at Blueberry Farm this evening included two singing Grasshopper Warblers and a Whinchat.
|Singing Wren in silhouette|
|Male Orange-tipped Butterfly|
All images courtesy
of Cathy Ryden.