I had a great amble before work this morning in the warm sunshine and not a breath of wind. There was no sign of the Spotted Flycatchers but the Cuckoo was doing his stuff and a female was responding with her bubbling call.

Cuckoo (Duncan Eames)

Cuckoo (sorry... can't remember who took this!)

There was lots of warbler action and Blackcaps were still feeding young.

However, my favourites were the two female Marpissa muscosa jumping spiders on the first bench in the woodland whom I spent an entertaining twenty minutes watching them stalk and leap at the local brave flies.  Eventually one fell foul to the speed of Britain's largest jumper!

Other than that, a quiet day although a Whinchat was seen at the Serin mound and we are hoping that the four Black-winged Stilts that have just been found at RSPB Cliffe will head our way in the morning!

15-5-14

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