The 1st of June, the sun is shining and there is a Kingfisher (pictured) sat on the perch in the middle of the river outside our kitchen window – not a bad start, let’s hope it’s an omen for the rest of summer.
Snipe on the Hunton Cress beds again but the cress growers are back reclaiming the beds after the flooding and the Snipe will not stay for long. The Yellow Wagtail has nested on the cress beds again, he (or she) have been there for several years now and can regularly be seen on the dividing walls. A Carrion Crow has nested in one of the Poplars bordering the cress beds and has a view overall, nesting birds beware as he is an avid, patient watcher and professional birds nester.
This is one of the busiest times for the birds so keep your eyes open for the odd speciality. For instance, we have, a short distance from the cottage, nests of Wood peaks – fledged successfully last week in May, Blue Tits in the timber frame of the cottage working ferociously to feed a clutch of youngsters, Kestrel in our Owl Box and the Barn Owl sighted again on the foot path between Hunton and Stoke Charity (still closed).
James Grey called to say he had a Nightingale singing at the farm, if you think you have hear one it’s easy to check today just Google “Nightingale song” and you will get a reference. This of course applies to any bird you may wish to differentiate. Now, in fact, those of you who believe you have heard the Turtle Dove should listen carefully for they should be here by now.
Image of Kingfisher from www.rspb.org.uk