A kingfisher between Oundle and Cotterstock this morning. They’ve been more difficult to spot this last couple of weeks, partly because the leaves are coming out but also because one half of the pair is likely to be sitting in the nest at any one time. I’ve heard fewer calls and it’s noticeable that there’s less activity near the nest, though when I occasionally go for a closer look it’s clear by the increasing amount of droppings that it’s in use. This bird perched quietly without bothering to fish for a good few minutes, so clearly there aren’t yet any extra mouths to feed!
Most of the spots I’ve had are fleeting, seeing a bird whiz by or disappear into the overhanging branches. I very rarely see them at the cut, though I did one day see a human couple on the far bank doing a perfect mime of “Look, there’s a kingfisher!”, one arm outstretched and pointing.