Lade - 0600hrs - mild, dry and cloudy - A perfect summers morning for checking out the breeding birds at Lade. In all 66 species noted of which 47 showed some indication of breeding; the highlights being fledged young of Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Dabchick, Shelduck and Wheatear, followed by probable breeding Cuckoos, Cetti`s Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Stonechat and Water Rail. A flyover Honey Buzzard at around 1030hrs was a bonus, as was a Turtle Dove and 4 Med Gulls. Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk also noted.
An annual count of Southern Marsh Orchid spikes revealed 43 flowers, which is about average.
Galloways - 1500hrs - Had a look and listen for a reported Quail (SC) heard calling around midday, without success. However, a couple of Hobbies, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Stonechats, Mipits, Linnets and Skylarks, plus Little Owl on the Dengemarsh sheds, made the outing worthwhile.
At the southern end of ARC singles of Dunlin, Lapwing, LRP and a pair of Ringed Plovers.