Woods Mill, 08:30-10:15. On the reserve a Reed Warbler was singing alongside a Cetti’s Warbler. No sound here of the Nightingale reported three days ago, nor the Cuckoo reported this morning. However, over the road, along the Mill Stream three Nightingales were in full, bubbling song and a Cuckoo too, over the hedge on the north side, cuckooing away as they do. Speckled Wood butterflies here as well and a male Orange-tip. Cetti’s Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs throughout and sunshine, all very beautiful.

Alan Kitson, 8th April 2024