I've been distracted by various things, but finally, here we have the WeBS counts for May. 

Black headed gull

158

Tufted duck

47

Grey heron

4

Cormorant

76

Little egret

5

Common tern

6

Canada goose

52

Coot

84

Gadwall

42

Great crested grebe

22

Greylag goose

56

Mallard

54

Moorhen

4

Mute swan

84

Shoveler

3

Lapwing

13

Lesser black backed gull

3

Pochard

3

Oystercatcher

1

Wigeon

1

Ringed plover

5

Little ringed plover

3

Teal

2

Shelduck

3

Avocet

4

As well as the water-loving birds, it's been a good year for hobbies too, with a high count of 12 made in May (the best month for them at Langford). In theory we should have them passing back through again in the autumn, feasting on dragonflies and impressing us once again with their aerial elegance. Photo below taken by Stuart Carlton of a hobby just about to catch a dragonfly (Twitter: @StuartCarlton48).

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