The weather went calm and sunny and it felt far more like summer was approaching than it did last week. On the morning of the 22nd an Osprey, presumably the one from the day before, flew past the Obs and headed out to sea, not to be seen again. The first 2 Tree Sparrows of the year were trapped and ringed at Holland, and later in the evening a flock of 14 were found amongst House Sparrows. 3 Garganey flying overhead were also seen from Holland. Other birds sighted included a Ruff at Cauldhame flash, 2 Kestrel, 5 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Doves, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 9 Sedge Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Lesser Redpoll. The 23rd was a much quieter day with the only birds of note 11 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. The Corncrake was present at Holland again on both days, calling with increasing frequency and volume.
Ruff (photo George Gay)
Lesser Whitethroat (photo George Gay)
Spotted Flycatcher (photo George Gay)