After what seems a lifetime, I managed to get out for a trot around the Aldcliffe patch yesterday (Tues) morning. The theme of the day was definitely youngsters, and first of all I made a quick check at one of the little ringed plover nest sites and was delighted to see that the 3 chicks were still present and growing nicely.
Other random LRPs included a pair at the Wildfowlers' Pools and singles at The Flood and Freeman's Pools.
The mute swan pair on Freeman's Pools have fairly new cygnets and the early coot brood has dwindled to just two birds, but these are well grown now.
In an around the maize fields signs don't appear to be very encouraging as far as post-ploughing/seeding lapwing nests are concerned with no sign of any young there. On a more encouraging note, a batch of day-old-ish grey partridge chicks were seen here with both parents.
There's still lots of singing going on along the pathway with lesser and common whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler all still belting it out alongside the resident breeding songbirds.
In insect news, my first Emperor dragonflies of the year were a pair at Freeman's Pools while the seemingly ongoing colonisation of four-spotted chaser continues apace with an active pair at Darter Pool.