Coombe Hill (30 May 2011, contributed by Mike Smart)
One Quail singing just off the reserve to the north east. A Mute Swan with four small cygnets on the scrape, must have nested on the quie4t in one of the pools, rather than on the canal. At least two Lapwings on eggs by the scrapes and another in the Long Pool; no sign of young, hope the fox won’t get the second replacement clutches; two Oystercatchers, mating on the Long Pool, looks as though they are going to have another try. One Redshank, display calls. 14 (!) Curlew came in to roost at dusk. ! Black-tailed Godwit on Long Pool. Plenty of Cuckoos still singing.