7th June

A nice female Red-backed Shrike was caught at Holland House first thing, where there was also Garden Warbler and Blackcap while Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were still singing away.   Otherwise it was pretty quiet with 23 Bar-tailed Godwits seen heading north in small flocks and more atypically, c30 Kittiwakes floating down the west coast and roosting on the coast - unfortunately perhaps representing failed breeders moving around already.   Our focus now has shifted to the breeding birds with coordinated searches revealing good numbers of Oystercatcher and Lapwing chicks running around while the Black-headed Gull chicks are growing well.