Marston am 02/05/2013

Nice to hear the old cuckoo again this morning,cuckooing like billyo.A cracking morning,weatherwise brought out the visitors.This place has certainly increased in popularity lately,no bad thing as the chances of good birds being found is much greater.If it carries on like this we’ll need a visitor centre and coffee shop ! The warblers were enjoying the conditions,too.5 cetti’s sang loudly,all at different locations around the site.One showed well.At least 20 common whitethroats were scattered all around,with a lesser whitethroat along Mill lane.Didn’t see any wheatears,they must have moved on following a still,clear night.

Lots of sedge warblers and a few reed warblers were very active-no wonder cuckoos like it here.Half a dozen blackcaps sang loudly but the chiffchaffs and willow warblers seemed to have gone a bit quiet.The yellow wagtails have spread out,3 or 4 seen in the rapefields.

The muddy edges on the water bodies look soooooo inviting for waders,but a lapwing and a curlew were all I saw.Plenty of time yet……..keep checking,everyone.

Coots,moorhens,greylags and mallards all nesting.