There was definately eight birds mostly over the electricity pylons on Grendon Lakes but perhaps more, but couldn't count them quick enough. The last few years it's been rubbish for them here with just the odd one or two. I have had a frankly unbelievable 20 birds many years ago at this site, so unbelievable Richard Bedford and few others came to count them!! Nothing like not being believed! But even they confirmed 20.
I had a Cuckoo all day at the site but unlike previous years I'm yet to hear or see a female. This was the worse one I got as it flew past
It got better as I watched the Hobbies. This one came into land, so close to, my jaw dropped and I turned into a jibbering wreck a Hobby portrait I've been dying to get for years. It was struggling to get purchase on the branch due to the wind and eventually gave up trying and opted to perch on the distant pylons.
Not quite portrait but closest I've been.
This was the best Cuckoo shot I could manage today