On the 6th of May I visited Dealburn Road ( opposite the Low Moor tip on Dealburn RD) to see if I could find a Lesser Whitethroat which bred last year at the site. I was in luck with a single male singing his heart out trying to attract a female. Also at the site were 4 singing Common Whitethroat which is a good count. I then visited Raw Nook NR where a single C Whitethroat was in song. There was a bit of a surprise at TH Beck when I observed a feeding Snipe which is unusual to find one in spring in our area.
At Caldene fields on the 7th I found 2 Willow warblers feeding together almost side by side. One with typical plumage colouration, one ‘Clearly’ had cold greyish brown tones suggesting one of the sub-species. Sadly both birds flew off without any further descriptions taken. A common Whitethroat was in song at TH Beck.
On the 9th the first Swift flew N followed by 9 Swallows at Caldene fields and a Lesser Whitethroat was in song at TH Beck