On Friday we enjoyed our only visit to Saltmarshe Delph this year. Highlights included finding a singing Willow Tit, and hearing that after last year's failure, they bred in the area again this year. We were accompanied by a male Cuckoo all day, with a female appearing briefly just before lunch. The aggressive male Swan has fathered 6 cygnets this year, and for someone reason the Penn keeps escorting them backwards & forwards across the road!
Why did the Swans Cross the Road?
Cuckoo - Hanging On
Great Crested Grebe
Beetles - Chrysolina polita (Thanks to Barry Warrington)
Pregnant Dock Beetle (Thanks to Barry Warrington)
After the 4.30 am start, I also stayed out until 10.45 looking for Nightjars and other crepuscular birds. The Nightjars let us down in the rain, but Woodcocks and fireworks put on a fine display. Before it got dark we were very lucky finding Woodlark and a female Adder. Of course the long drive back meant I arrived home after midnight, so I felt hungover nearly all Saturday!