On arrival at the car park 2 Willow Warblers and a Blackcap singing. I decided to check out Fenlake first thing so I headed down the west side of the main lake. A Swift flew over my head in the north west corner, making up for the possible sighting last weekend. In the south east corner a Willow Warbler was singing. A scan of the main lake revealed 13 Common Terns.
At the river I checked out Fenlake where there were still 3 Black-Tailed Godwits busily feeding, as usual. Also a single Shelduck and a Redshank. A Common Tern flew down the river and Grey Heron stalked the far bank. At the Leat Pool a Chiffchaff was singing and little further along the river another Chiff and a Blackcap were singing. Several Sedge Warblers were singing from the Fenlake side of the river. Opposite the boat club moorings another Blackcap was singing and a female Blackbird was collecting nesting material by the edge of the river.
At the main lake hide a Coot was feeding in the reed bed to the right. 2 Greylag Geese flew into the main lake and were greeted, noisily, by 2 others that were already there. A female Mallard X with 5 new ducklings was on the south side of the lake. There were 3 Grey Herons in the south west corner but 2 left high to the north east. The Tern count was up to 14. There were 3 Mute Swans on the water and another on the nest on the island. A Blackcap was singing in the trees behind the hide.
From the east side there were still 4 Herons around the lake despite the 2 that departed. A Blackcap was singing from the other side of Wolkholm and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling nearby. Only 3 Great Crested Grebes could be seen on the lake.
Continuing down the east side of Fingers a Common Whitethroat was singing in the small group of trees by the navigation channel. Little of note at Kramer hide, just yet another Heron, a Reed Bunting to the left of the hide and a pair of Gadwall. A Green Woodpecker called from across Kingsmead. Continuing along the navigation channel I stopped to watch a Kestrel over the meadow and a Lapwing passed over heading northeast. At the Sewerage Farm reed bed at least 4 Sedge Warblers were singing with a couple doing their display flights.
Cutting across to the Long Hedge a Chiffchaff was singing up near the kissing gate. A female Sparrowhawk cruised along the top of the hedge gathering speed for a hunting run. Heading into the woodland walk a Blackcap was singing near the steps and a Lesser Whitethroat was singing nearby along with a Sedge Warbler and a Common Whitethroat. We cut straight through the Long Hedge and out onto the New Meadow where another Common Whitethroat was singing and flying between the taller weed stems to the hedgerow by the STW access road.
Back at the Finger lakes by the Sedgewick a Blackcap was singing and Butterflies were out enjoying the sun including Speckled Wood, Comma and a male Green Veined White. A female Blackcap showed briefly at the back of the brambles by the Sedgewick seat.
Over by the Sheep Pen a Willow Warbler piped up and a Chiffchaff was singing on the north side of the Finger Lakes. Along the path between the Rough gate and the steps another Chiffchaff was singing. The Great Crested Grebe and Mute Swan were still sitting tight on their nests on west Fingers. There was a single Bluebell by the side of the path. A Garden Warbler was singing on the edge of the Rough and a Chiffchaff was singing down near the steps.
A pair of Gadwall were on the main lake, north side, between the Steps and the Spit. A Chiffchaff was singing along the Spit by the Crescent. On west Fingers the other Great Crested Grebe and Mute Swan were about along with a Terrapin. A Blackcap was singing about half way along the Spit. In the Crescent reed bed there were 2 Reed Buntings (m+f) along with at least 2 singing Reed Warblers and a singing Sedge Warbler.
Heading back up the main path to the car park another Blackcap was singing on the south west corner of the Rough. Cutting across the meadow there was a Pied Wagtail near the entrance to the Labyrinth and in the hedgerow a Garden Warbler was singing. In the plantation behind the Visitor Centre a Willow Warbler was singing.
A Blackcap was singing in the hedge on the opposite side of the meadow and a Common Whitethroat was singing by the path back to the car park where the 2 Willow Warblers were still in full song.
I left PCP and headed round to Fenlake hoping for some better photo's of the Black-Tailed Godwits given then better light conditions this week. I parked behind the Oasis Pool and a Lesser Whitethroat was singing in the hedge by the cycle track. A possible pair of Common Whitethroats were together by the Fenlake Reserve information board, one was seen with nest material later. There were five Lapwing on the first field, 2 were seen mating. The three BTG's were still on the lake although they were a bit flighty.