THURSDAY 18 JUNE
A fine day but quite blustery, with moderate cloud cover and slightly below average temperatures. Dry.
I decided to concentrate on European Turtle Dove and Spotted Flycatcher today and after a huge amount of effort managed just one of the former and none of the latter. I must thank Richard Bashford and Matt Burgess for their help with potential locations. Five singing Lesser Whitethroats were unexpected.
CHESHAM FISHING LAKES (BUCKS)
GREAT CRESTED GREBE (2 pairs still; the pair on the larger lake was washed out during the torrential rain and was busy rebuilding a nest just 20 feet from the bank.
Mallard (female with 6 ducklings)
Tufted Duck (10)
Coot (2 pairs with 2 young on large lake; another pair with 3 well grown young on small lake)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (male)
Wren (4 singing males)
WESTERN REED WARBLER (3 singing males in reedbeds on larger lake)
Blackcap (singing male)
Common Chiffchaff (2 singing males)