I went on the hunt for passage migrants this morning, and wasn’t disappointed, finding a singing Willow Warbler on the Downslink south of Little Betley and then a Wheater which flew past the Overflow Pit.

Chiffchaffs and Blackaps were heard singing throughout. Also of note was a displaying Meadow Pipit on the western end of the Mill Stream, whilst further along just before the start of the tree-lined section there was a pair of Stonechats. The male looked particularly dapper in his summer plumage.

Lapwings are now holding territory with at least a pair each on the west side of the river near Betley and in the field south of the Mill Stream. (PC)