Since the dawn chorus walk 17.4.16 - the migrants have arrived! Listen out for the cuckoo heard by some local dogwalkers. Residents have seen common terns along the Thames close to the lock. These are probably fishing in the lagoon at the Thames Young Mariners site.
The reedbed has been burnt and may not be suitable for visiting sedge and reed warblers this year, although the hawthorn scrub is alive with warblers ; with many whitethroat, 3 lesser whitethroat and one garden warbler heard last night. Swallows and swifts are in the air at last and hopefully we will see more of the sand and house martins. A pair of bullfinch along with two pairs of stock doves are the 'resident' specialities.