First Whinchat arrives

A sunny morning after a cold overcast start. It clouded over by lunchtime after that there was a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

Middleton Nature Reserve 
Ringing report from Alan:
When I arrived at about 05.40 it was 3 degrees and cloudy, the sky cleared after an hour or so and it became quite warm in the sun. The NNE breeze increased to near 10 mh by 09.30. The combination of sun on the nets plus wind wafting the nets makes them very visible to birds so by 10.30 it was time to pack up.

Sedge Warbler  6 plus 2 retraps -  one ringed here in June 2020, the other ringed here in August 2019 and re trapped June 2020.
Blackcap  2 females
Willow Warbler  1 only
Lesser Whitethroat  1 retrap - ringed here in June 2019.
Chaffinch  1
Great Tit  1 retrap
Long tailed Tit  1 retrap

At least 12 Swallows flew through northwards in ones and twos.

I had a pleasant walk around mid morning (MD)
Warblers (numbers are minimum numbers of singing males heard)
Common Whitethroat 10
Lesser Whitethroat 6 
Willow Warbler 10
Chiffchaff 4
Cetti's warbler 1 (just the "no swimming" pond bird)
Sedge warbler 3
Blackcap 4
Grasshopper warbler 1 (just one brief reel from the NE corner of western marsh)
No Reed warbler heard, but the marshes were not checked as Alan was ringing.

This is a nice clip, shame about the siren! Male Chaffinch listening to a Chiffchaff singing, he then produces his song, then seems surprised to be answered by a Blackcap.