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Bird news from the riverbank

Wildlife news! Young Carl Chapman – our tame wildlifeologist – sat on my tail for a chat today to talk about birds, after he’d walked down the riverbank and checked on the feathered arrivals and departures.

Apparently migration was in full flow and the winter duck have all but gone (I guess they gave up waiting for winter) but interestingly a pair of Gadwall remains. I wonder if they’ll breed? Only about 1500 pairs in the uk do #factoid

Carl was in his element today as he could hear Sedge, Reed and Cetti’s Warblers singing in the reedbeds and in the trees Blackcap and Cuckoos were calling. In the air Sand Martins (pictured), Swallows and Swifts were making their way north and Marsh Harriers hung in the wind. Then in the distance just a snatch of a very sweet song. A Nightingale’s notes filled the air … for just a moment.

Honestly, who would want to be anywhere else?