What was Vera Lynn going on about, with all that nonsense about a Nightingale singing in Berkeley Square? Everyone knows the place for Nightingale is Branston Water Park! Eh???????
But before that:
Friday 22nd May, Hawksmoor, 21:00ish.
1 Roding Woodcock
Saturday 23rd May, Blithfield Reservoir, 18:30 - 19:00.
Literally a half-hour trip along the causeway. Still 2 Sanderling legging it up and down the concrete.
Sunday 24th May. Branston Water Park, 11:30 - 14:00
I kid ye not reader. Usually unheard of in this part of the world, in amongst this stuff was a singing male Nightingale:
Across the canal from the water park is a impenetrable area of thick scrub. Ideal really, for the bird anyway. Not so for us birders, but Nightingale is a notorious skulker.
It's strange how you can get anomalies sometimes in bird sightings. The only Nightingales I've seen or heard before were in Suffolk six years ago. By then I had already seen Thrush Nightingale over the years, twice!
Dimmingsdale, 15:30 - 16:30
Thought I would try Dimmingsdale before going home, as I've seen Spotted Flycatcher here the last couple of years. Not today though, although still a few Pied Flycatchers singing around the Ramblers Retreat car park. Also lots of people enjoying the glorious sunny weather.
Thinking about it though, when I have seen Spotted Flycatcher here it's coincided with the Glastonbury festival. So a mental note, do Dimmingsdale before Tony Christie's on the telly!