At Hardwicke, a Nightingale has at last appeared and was in full song just south of The Pilot this evening. This is a rather late arrival, with dates in recent years ranging from 14th to 19th April. There were several Swallows over the canal, and a Reed Warbler was singing again nearby. A Kingfisher flew south along the canal low over the water, the first I've seen here this year.
An update from the weekend:
Sunday 26th April 2009
A couple of hours around Frampton pools produced two Cuckoos (possibly a pair) around the sailing lake, a Nightingale, and c20 Swifts with c30 Sand Martins and Swallows.
Saturday 25th April 2009
The highlight on Saturday was the Whiskered Tern at Frampton on the sailing lake, I arrived with Andy in the nick of time, as not 10 minutes after we arrived, it flew off toward the estuary. It was reported a couple of minutes later at Saul Warth but didn't stay there long, and was last seen at the trust on South Lake via the 100-acre. That was a close shave! I saw my first Swifts of the year whilst at the sailing lake, six of them, its always nice to see them for the first time each Spring.