Well, as promised we did go out and carried out a quick Corncrake survey on our patch, and were into bed by 1am! We managed to count only 9 calling birds, a few down on the earlier count, but perhaps they have got mates and are a bit quieter. It was certainly a very peaceful night, without a breath of air, and down to 4 degrees, a bit cool for June!
I heard this morning that there had been a Little Egret seen flying over the reserve at Gruinart yesterday, but as far as I know, it was not seen again today. Back home, this evening there was a flock of over 100 Starlings, which is a large number for here. The young birds that have been building in numbers of late, are quite comical, in many ways, especially trying to gain entry to the bird table. We are also seeing a lot of Greenfinches around and also Goldfinches too.