Cloudy, 14º, light SSE.
An early visit to Cholsey marsh from 04:30 to 06:30, on arrival I could hear a Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler amongst the noise of mainly Sedge Warblers. I walked from one end of the marsh to the other trying to pick out everything in song or that was visible.
2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Grey Heron, and 4 Stock Dove, seen,
Then: Cuckoo, ranging over a fair distance from the marsh to the 4 Arches then heard over the river in Little Stoke.
1 Lesser Whitethroat,
24 Sedge Warbler (+ more on opposite bank),
1 Grasshopper Warbler,
7 Whitethroat (+2 opposite bank),
3 Garden Warbler,
2 (pos 3) Reed Warbler,
2 Willow Warbler (+1 on the opposite bank),
3 Song Thrush,
7 Chaffinch and
8 Reed Bunting.
3 Tufted Duck flew downriver, and then returned! A Kingfisher, 30+ Canada Geese, 10+ Greylag type Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe and several Coot and Moorhen.
A quick look on Lollingdon Hill later in the day proved quiet, 2 Pied Wagtail gathering food, 2 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting and a Buzzard flew over.
Young Starlings seen in the meadow this afternoon.