May Outing Report

A slightly disappointing day at Paxton Pits as not a solitary Nightingale was heard and though a Cuckoo was heard several times we never got a glimpse of it! No Kingfishers either. Memory plays tricks I know but surely five years ago when we last visited as a group there was a lot more around than we encountered this time; there were large

Red-crested Pochard

tracts with very little or even no bird song. There were a few Blackcaps, Garden Warblers and Common Whitethroat but even fewer Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and the reedbeds were strangely quiet. So the highlight was probably the four Red-crested PochardĀ  out on the Heronry Lakes. Not surprisingly perhaps given the name there were many Heron here but as usual these days vastly outnumbered by the Cormorants!

Bruce White