23rd May 2012
Brickfields L.N.R
Let’s start in April, was Spring cancelled due to rain? Well records were broken, the wettest April for a hundred years so they say!  109.5mm which is just over 4 ¼ inches to old codgers like me.  I took a couple of photo’s of the pond (April 30th) well that’s the most water I have seen in the pond, even the Newt wood carving has its tail in the water, this is  just what the sculptor had in mind, the Newt just coming out of the water onto dry land!  nice touch. It was difficult to walk around the reserve, definitely welly boots, if you go off the paths. A lot of the ground water had gathered off the paths, which had been just a walk through in early March. Well it was originally marsh land any way. Spring migrants were slow coming in, but did arrive in small numbers, over a longer period of time, the Chiffchaffs, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps, more and more Blackcaps are ‘over wintering’ in this country, but I don’t recall hearing or seeing any Blackcaps wintering at Brickfields in the last five years. I have not heard a Cuckoo this year  over Brickfields. Unless you have?
Managed to take a picture of a Common Whitethroat (May 4th).
Common Whitethroat having a sing ! click on to enlarge

26th May 2012
On the 7th May I joined our neighbours on a very successful ‘Dawn Chorus walk’ starting at 7:00am at the Cranham Marsh EWT reserve.  It turned out to be lovely weather what a contrast from the previous few days of cold and the rain, even the sun made an appearance! No wonder the birds were singing, even I felt like singing, they should count themselves lucky I didn’t!
I counted 32 species of Birds –best singer of the  morning in my opinion, was the Song Thrush (I counted four around the reserve) a good second the Blackcap, several counted, must be in double figures and thirdly, the Skylarks (four) over the field. In the background a couple of Woodpeckers (probably Green) were heard ‘drumming’. All rounded off with a bacon roll and a cup of tea at the end. Great company as well, what more could I have wished for – a singing Nightingale, Cuckoo.... perhaps next time. I went away happy, see some pictures taken.   Don’t forget you can now undertake a good walk from Brickfields to Cranham Marsh!
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Pictures : 1.Song Thrush   2.Blackcap   3.Flowering Campion plant   4.The view across the fields from the  Park Drive entrance ,where Skylarks can be seen & heard most spring days.
May ( Bank Holiday Week-end) 2012
What a nightmare of a couple of months – My wife spent nearly ten weeks in hospital ( four wks in a coma on a ventilator in Intensive care, having ‘died for 12 minutes’ due to a heart attack and complications). Now she has been home for six weeks and making a slow recovery, hopefully we as a family can get back to normal, whatever that means! Phew what a scare!  So Brickfields had to be put on hold. Still a bit restricted but I will endeavour this week to get up to date and record in retrospect what has been happening over the reserve and any Wildlife events and sightings locally.
Bye for now