However - elation today when one chick had re-appeared - presumably the parents had stashed it in vegetation whilst the predators had their fill. Hopefully it'll give more people a view from South Marsh East number one hide - even if the odds are stacked against this little 'un:
So it's a great time to turn your attentions to other life - orchids make a late entrance this year by around three weeks - one of three pyramidal orchids this week:
blog too for more insect updates including a smart array of new and old micro moth additions and some tasty hawk moths.
Grass snakes meanwhile are around six-weeks late this year. We had though many had died in the long winter - but they've just come out late - reports of eleven on some hay heaps two weeks ago and still plenty of impressive females about. Thanks to Brian Spence for these: