After a week or so of gripping text messages, blog updates, gritty record shots from GM etc, I finally caught up with not one, but two cuckoo at West Hartford this afternoon. Doing a circuit west of the pool, the birds were occasionally vocal and under the duress of meadow pipit and the like. A first for me at this site, so appreciated as a claw back!
Over-cropped, but as it's my WH Cuckoo, I'll let this one go...
The pool was heaving with barn swallow, plus plenty of swift, sand martin and house martin.... A couple of sedge warbler sang but their grasshopper counterparts remain silent.
Coot remain (and are nesting), while shelduck numbered 2 on the pool and 2 over the River Blyth.