With the heat today and relative lack of activity from the commoner birds it does feel like we have moved into summer and left spring behind.
At the Lapwing (and now Corncrake) field a fox was hunting in the long grass by jumping up and down and surprisingly there were no adult Lapwings mobbing it which I think mut be a bad sign with regards the survival of youngsters. On Saturday I saw there were at least two quite large youngsters but today all I saw was two adults. There could of course be many birds hiding in the grass but I fear the fox (and the valleys cats) have taken their toll.
|the Blyth's Reed (busksanger) is very skulky although allows close approach|
|spot the Blyth's|
|the Marsh Warbler (myrsanger) on the other hand sits in the open but does not allow close approach|
|when in the shade, and in a bush, the Marsh can look Blyth's like|