An hour watching from the allotment proved a great success, with both swift and hobby being recorded for the first time this year. Coincidentally, my first record of swift in 2008 was also the 7th May. Willow warblers, chiffchaffs, whitethroats and blackcaps also sang on my patch. A 1st year herring gull headed south along the Ash valley. From the village green opposite the Nags Head, I recorded an impressive 18 species in 30 minutes.
In all 27 species were heard and/or observed. Photo shows a male singing yellowhammer with a threatening sky behind.