|Wood Sandpiper at Beddington|
|2cy Iceland Gull at Beddington|
In the evening, I joined Phil W for a few hours at Bough Beech Reservoir in Kent, taking in the sound of three or four singing Nightingales and at least seven Garden Warblers! Why the latter species is evidently so common at the reservoir (as it is at other sites in the area such as Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve) but scarce in my local area, I'd love to know. A singing Cuckoo became the first one I've actually seen this year when it perched atop a dead tree and two shy drake Mandarins provided another highlight, along with a singing Lesser Whitethroat. I was greeted by four locally breeding Swifts screaming overhead when I got home, the first back.
|Cuckoo at Bough Beech Reservoir|
This morning, Paul G and I led the Banstead Arts Festival bird walk at Canons Farm and Banstead Woods, not finding a lot in the offputting conditions other than a Little Owl, two Red-legged Partridges, two Swifts and the odd Swallow but the participants were quite happy with that haul.