Tuesday 27 February 2013
First sighting of the Water Rail on the Watercress Beds since 11 January. So, has it been there the whole time or away on its hols? Still somewhat surprised that I haven't seen Blackcap or Chiffchaff on the beds this winter in spite of having at least 3 regularly in the garden. Beginning to wonder if this, together with the lack of Heron, Kingfisher and fewer than usual Water Rails might be connected to the drought during early 2012 and/or very high flows now.