Bookham Common 7 May 2021

Eleven members met in the Tunnel Road car park for this rescheduled walk on a sunny but chilly morning. A vociferous song thrush welcomed us while a pair of jays gambolled among the trees. At the start of the Plains the scrub was alive with birdsong but surprisingly few were taking to the air and none were perched for viewing. As we proceeded repentant whitethroats at last began to appear in good numbers and we also heard the call of the first of two distant cuckoos. Chiffchaffs and blackbirds formed a backdrop of sound interrupted only once by the rattle of a lesser whitethroat. At the end of the Plains a small diversion was rewarded by the appearance of two male bullfinches. At the north of the common blackcaps joined the chorus and began to offer good views. We returned via the heronry where only two grey herons appeared to be on nests and then passed the ponds where the star birds were an adult little grebe with a single lozenged juvenile already adept at diving for food. In total 32 species were observed.