We had a lovely walk this morning for our event, which was called "What's that warbler". We'd heard five different species before we'd even left the car park, including a grasshopper warbler,. This one was expected to be the most troublesome, as they are fairly quiet, scarce and sing at a pitch that is too high for some people to hear. Garden warblers proved elusive, and blackcaps were much quieter than in recent days, but common whitethroats and willow warblers showed off nicely...as did a lesser whitethroat for a few people.
Of course, we saw other birds too - four marsh harriers, a couple of hobbies, a swallow, for example, and we heard a cuckoo. Many butterflies were around us too, mostly orange-tips and brimstones.
I wonder what guests will see tomorrow?
Phew! It has been hot and sunny, with lots of people out for a walk. Some even had binoculars with them. Many of them signed the RSPB's Letter to the Future.
87 different bird species were recorded at Fen Drayton Lakes today, which equals our best one-day tally. They included 10 species of warbler, yellow wagtail, wheatear, house martin, little gull, whimbrel, garganey and marsh harrier. Just for a moment, we thought we had a nightingale, but it proved to be a mimicking blackcap (smart bird, it mimicked several different bird songs). If yesterday's serin and red kite had stayed....
Orange-tip and speckled wood butterflies made their first local appearance for 2010 too, giving us seven butterfly species for the weekend.
Today's tally of wildlife sightings finished on 75 bird species, counting pied & white wagtail as one. An osprey and two ravens were highlights for some lucky observers, but we also had some smashing views of a male marsh harrier. A grasshopper warbler was singing again today, with a few common whitethroats. Other records included a small pike in a ditch, four butterfly species and a grass snake.