Common Cranes: 3 Cranes seen flying over CWP today. Initially seen at 15.30 at CWP 74 (Richard Vernon) and then at 16.00 at CWP 57 flying north. (Dave Soons) Dave managed to photograph these and confirms they are colour ringed birds, presumably from the Crane Project. This is not unexpected as the RSPB felt that the cranes that visited last year may re-visit.
Waterhay: 8 Whimbrel in field by CWP 83 this morning. By midday they were near the gateway on the road but being moved around by the cows. Also Skylark, Jay, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Nigel Pleass. Bob Philpott. Wilf Lewis. Jon Mercer
CWP 68d: early morning. Two Cuckoo. Nigel Pleass
Ashton Keynes to Cleveland lake: 1 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 3 Garden Warbler, several Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Egret, 2 Common Tern, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed tit and many Swift and Sand Martin. Peter Wright
CWP 74: Cuckoo calling from around Heronry direction. Hobby low over water, Common terns with Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Long-tailed Tit near gate area. 2 Nightingale. 4 Whimbrel, 20+ Swift. Bob Philpott. Jon Mercer. Richard Vernon
CWP 6: 5+ Reed Warblers. Jon Mercer
CWP 43: bubbling female Cuckoo being chased by a male. Nightingale. Jon Mercer
Lower Moor: Cetti’s warbler calling and flying in front of second hide. 2 other Cetti’s warbler calling. Bob Philpott
Blakehill: 4 Whimbrel, Curlew, Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, 4 Hares, Green-winged Orchids Robin Griffiths. Wilf Lewis.
Between Shorncote hides & Keynes Park (near CWP 88) – 1 Bar-headed Goose this afternoon, in field with flock of c40 Canada geese. J Gregory