Along the River Chelt, upstream of Wainlodes

On The Leigh and Cobney Meadows: ditches mainly dry despite recent rain, and no standing water on the fields; a nice show of Lady’s Smock in many of the meadows: one pair each of Mute Swan and Canada Goose nesting on a pond; at least five Curlews but no Lapwings.  Among summer visitors a really good show of Redstarts with at least eight singing males, about ten singing Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, but no sign of Whitethroat or Lesser Whitethroat; only one or two Reed Buntings and no song.

On the Handkerchief Pool another pair of nesting Mute Swans.  At Wainlodes about 30 Mallard on a pond, with one not very small duckling, the first I have seen this year.  At Haw Bridge, the Severn level is a bit higher after recent rain: three Common Sandpipers on the beach and four Sand Martins.

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