Bird Watching – May meeting

There were two outings in May as so many couldn’t make our normal third Thursday.  So, on the first Thursday of May we headed to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve (between Mildenhall and Bury if you’re wondering).  A couple of nightingales were singing but never showed.  A cuckoo could be heard all over the place and eventually came to a tree by us which we surrounded – try as we might we couldn’t locate it but we caught sight of it as eventually he flew off!  Around the reserve warblers seen were chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, garden warbler, sedge warbler, with reed and cetti’s warbler just heard.  In the woods we clocked great spotted woodpecker and treecreeper and over the many lakes sand martins, swallows and swifts were active whilst a kingfisher whizzed out from its nest to everyone’s delight.  The only waders seen were little ringed plover and oystercatcher but a yellow wagtail was a good sighting.  The highlight, probably for most, was to watch several hobbies skimming low over one of the pools.  The day ended with a brief visit to Cavenham Heath to see the stone curlew.  If one and a bit was success then we had it!  On our normal third Thursday what few of us there were went to Glapthorn Cow Pasture which, despite the name, is a wood!  Not a murmur from a nightingale, if indeed there were any there.  However, amongst the warbling from the usual suspects and sightings of nuthatch and treecreeper, the star billing was taken by two spotted flycatchers at the far end of the wood.  Bruce White.