Lade - warm, dry and cloudy, W2 - A misty start to the morning soon cleared as the wind picked up, suitable weather conditions then for a thorough survey of the pits for breeding birds. The highlight was a singing Nightingale in the willow swamp, but on the deficit I could find no evidence of Cuckoo, although I did hear one last week. However, seven species of warblers held territory with a couple more of Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat than last year. On the lakes Little and Great Crested Grebes were well represented in contrast to low duck numbers, along with Linnet and Skylark on the desert. A total of 45 species were recorded breeding including Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat and Water Rail.
We walked Dengemarsh gully with little success apart from two Wheatears and the usual warblers, Stonechats and Linnets. The hayfields held the expected breeding wildfowl and waders while several Common Terns were over Dengemarsh lake, plus a Bar-headed Goose in the field by the farm and a Yellow Wagtail by the dung heap from the road.