The month of June was very quiet, birding wise for me, with just a few trips to my local patch Moor Green Lakes and as the weather remained fairly dry I took advantage of it by catching up with some much needed gardening at home. Although quiet an OSPREY flew in from the east on the 4th giving good views before drifting off to the west. The adult female MARSH HARRIER has stayed at the reserve for about three weeks now and seems quite at home. On a couple of occasions Gordon Duffus and myself have seen it carrying sticks to its favoured spot, as if it were nest building, probably a little bit late for that this year especially as her prince charming hasn't arrived. Perhaps next year with luck. During the winter, two Tern rafts were moored at Colebrook Lake North. One raft has an adult BLACK HEADED GULL and two newly hatched chicks occupying it and the other raft has a sitting COMMON TERN on it. This is good news after the gull and tern colonies which nested on Tern Island nearby, were predated two years ago, so the gull chicks are the first since then. Let's hope they fledge successfully.
Hi, I'm Roger Milligan. I have been interested in birds since I was a boy growing up in south east London, which was a long time ago. I now live in Farnborough, Hampshire.