Nice to give the decorating a rest and go out with the boy's this morning, destination: Forest of Dean, Purpose: BTO Atlas Breeding Evidence (to improve on breeding species rec)
Forest of Dean A Goshawk over, seven Crossbills over, recently-fledged Siskin and Grey Wagtail, a Goldcrest family, a Garden Warbler, a Kingfisher, two PURPLE HAIRSTREAKS, and 11 Silver-washed Fritillaries and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Blakeneyhill Wood North. Ten Siskins, including a singing male, two Crossbills over, adult and recently-fledged Goldcrest, two PURPLE HAIRSTREAKS and three Silver-washed Fritillaries at Oakenhill. (Andy Chapman/Mark Hobson/Paul Masters).
This afternoon went out with Zo to WWT Slimbridge in hope of seeing the juv Cuckoo being fed by surrogate parents the Reed Warbler. After spending almost an hour by and around the South Lake observatory we called it a day only to find James returning from safari. He kindly took us back to the spot that he last saw the Cuckoo and by luck it was still there. Unfortunately trying to obtain views of the Cuckoo being fed was impossible as it kept dropping down into the undergrowth however great views were had of the juv Cuckoo. Also at South Lake the Spoonbill which has been present all month and a family of Common Terns were seen.