|Photo: Jim Almond (Shropshire Birder)|
Clayhanger has so far bucked this trend with a breeding population holding on at Clayhanger Marsh and (presumably) a different pair on Clayhanger Common but without wishing to be a 'Jonah' this has to be the furthest into a year that I have gone without at least hearing one locally! So far nobody has responded to my request to report any sightings and there has not been a record from Chasewater so far this year (the last record I can find was on 18th December so there may still be one or two birds at that site?).
Unfortunately, even if my downbeat assumptions are wrong (which I sincerely hope will happen) in the long term I suspect we will have to accept that this (like Corn Bunting before it) is one of those species that we will have to come to terms with losing.
My advice would be see them while you can!
Have a good week all - Chaz