Still plenty of Sandwich passing through

Again, almost breathless early on, eventually it freshened slightly from the west. Hazy first thing then largely sunny.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing report from Jean:
A bit better for ringing today:
Lesser Redpoll 11
Willow Warbler 7 new and a returning bird from last year (
There were at least 20 migrant Willow warbler around first thing)
Chiffchaff 1
Sedge Warbler 1 retrap
Blackcap 1

Vis:
2 Canada Geese flew east, probably the same 2 that came in-off.
Just 2 Meadow Pipits heard overhead
A few Swallows heard at 10:45

A short early afternoon walk located, in order of abundance:
Warblers
Willow warbler several
Blackcap 3 - 4
Chiffchaff 3 - 4
Sedge warbler 1
No Cetti's heard this afternoon 
This Common Buzzard drifted in from the NW, but was quickly chased off
by the Carrion Crows.
Butterflies:
Peacock several
Small Tortoiseshell several 
Speckled Wood at least 6
Orange Tip one each, male and female
Brimstone 1 male
Comma 1

This Mallard on the "no swimming" pond has just hatched 11 chicks. Last year's female had 9 and did very well fledging them all, particularly as she was constantly chased from one pond to the other by the breeding mute. Today at least, the mute were ignoring her and her chicks, and they were spread right across the pond. As with most large families, there is always one tearaway!