This morning in the NORTH of the ARA (Aldcliffe recording area!)..
A 10 til noon vantage point for ospreys failed to turn up the target species! However, I noted common buzzards on thirteen occasions, involving a minimum of four birds.
'Vis mig' would have been non-existent if not for six swallows.
The real big news for Aldcliffe is that there are now 3 tufted ducks on Freeman's Pool! (an extra drake, Jon..)
A male and female little ringed plover were there too.
Warbler-wise I saw as many skulkers as singers, with only two of nine willow warblers in the Freeman's area being vocal. Two male blackcaps there were also quiet throughout.
8-10 chiffchaffs were being more far more territorial.
Yesterday's bluethroat continues to entertain near Cadaver Corner (fox carcass showing well)..
Bluethroat still present, though elusive, 6.30pm - 7.10pm at least.
An osprey was, perhaps inevitably, picked up over the river mid-afternoon by visiting birders.