At 0945, I stopped to admire a Small Copper butterfly at the entrance to the boardwalk, when I heard several bursts of song, from one of the last things I expected. And again.
In verses of 5, 4 times, over 5 minutes. 'hwit, hwit, hwit, hwit, hwit,' around 10 metres directly in front of the viewing platform.
At the time, I had no idea, but after 5 minutes, a Spotted Crake suddenly came to mind, with the 'whiplash' call ringing a bell. With one seen at Beddington last week, and one in Essex for several weeks, I realised what it (probably) was. Unfortunately it called only once more in the next hour, and the only recording I got were of small birds.
Frustratingly, I had to leave soon after, with only a Little Egret showing itself, but the reedbeds at Morden Hall once again providing me with
|Vapourer moth cat.|