Lade - cool and showery, W2 - The unsettled weather continues with prolonged and heavy thunderstorms throughout the day, particularly this afternoon. Around the lakes this morning at least two very vocal Cuckoos were intent on attracting a female that flew over the Willow Swamp, while more rain-dodging Swifts came and went in the cool conditions along with a few Swallows.
This afternoon I paid a visit to the northern end of the Trapping Area to look for a Melodious Warbler found earlier by DW. With the rain hammering down all was silent until the sun briefly broke through encouraging the `hippo` into its typical hurried, babbling song, delivered at head height from sallows by a sycamore. It then sang near continuously for about an hour during which time I caught frustratingly brief and obscured views of it moving between singing perches. Around and about Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Cetti`s Warbler were also in song.