Yesterday there was a single flypast at the nest but otherwise nothing. And today even less – the nest appears dead.
After tramping back and forth along the wooded stretch and then up to Cotterstock and back without seeing or hearing anything I finally heard tiny chick like sounds near where the brook comes in from Glapthorn. I hadn’t heard them in the morning, and they had the right sort of silvery tone. They came from higher up in the trees and further back from the bank than I would expect but it gave me hope!