On the Lucy Brook edge of the Hay Meadow about 20 metres down from the Cromwell Road gate there is a dense thicket of brambles, dead branches and other vegetation. There were five wren chicks there this afternoon. Much of the time they perched clustered together on one of the branches looking like a big ball of fluff until they opened their beaks or one decided to climb on top of the others. Meanwhile the parents were flitting back and forth a short distance into the marsh to bring back food. A pair of blackbirds have also been entering the depths of the same thicket, beaks loaded with nesting materials. So hopefully some baby blackbirds too … Lots of noise and activity along this ‘hedge’ line at the moment. Although all suddenly went quiet and everything disappeared as the jay flew past along the brook.
Three (possibly four) male teal on School Pond this afternoon along with two or three other birds, presumably the females.
Also, pair of pied wagtails in Big Meadow and two wrens flitting around the Grammar School field hedge
Three snipe flew up from the Big Meadow rushes this afternoon, soon after seeing a wren sitting still for once on the Pads fence.