Four singing Reed Warbler, between the water meadows and Boathouse Bay, this morning
Just before we went away I saw an article by the BTO saying that reported numbers of summer visitors were running at about the average. I’m not sure if that’s true for our part of Norfolk – it certainly feels like numbers are generally down – but having said that, on a quick walk round the park this morning – my first in nearly two weeks – there were the usual suspects: Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat, and I was pleased to see / hear four singing Reed Warblers in the reed-bed. There is still a pair of Gadwall on the water- meadows and three Lapwing hanging about – but no sign of any youngsters. The lake was pretty deserted – just the family party of Mute Swan, a pair of Coot, a handful of Mallard and a Grey Heron. Along the western shelter-belt the pair of Oystercatcher were calling close by and a Red Kite drifted over. Back in the village I counted six Swift chasing each other. The notable omission still is Spotted Flycatcher – usually the last summer visitor to arrive – but the end of May is beginning to be a bit late. Could this be the first year since I started watching the park in 2000 that they haven’t appeared?
The only Whitethroat I can find this year – this morning singing from up a 50′ Oak tree!