Despite the Rain
Yes, despite the rain, the local male Blackcap was singing strongly in the garden this morning, and again this evening, as was the Chiffchaff. Listen to the Blackcap (supported by Blackbird) here:
It had finally stopped raining by the end of the Monaco Grand Prix (a great race and a superb win to Lewis Hamilton - also despite the rain, or maybe thanks to the rain!) so I spent an hour or so at Slimbridge WWT. From the Holden Tower there was a good variety of waders on the exposed mud of the falling tide with five Knots, three Turnstones, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Greenshank, four Curlews, a Little Egret, and 180 small waders mainly Ringed Plover and Dunlin in roughly equal numbers with c20 Sanderlings. A Black-tailed Godwit was on South Lake. I stopped off at Frampton on the way back where c150 Swifts, House Martins and Sand Martins were feeding on and around the sailing lake as a Great Crested Grebe sat on the water close by. (Photos of Swift, above, and Great Crested Grebe, below).