The good news is that there were no less than sixteen singers counted, a veritable choir of Nightingales! Add this to the seven counted on the east side of the track and we have a sub total of twenty three. I say sub total because hopefully there will have been some found across the river by a different surveyor, whose results I haven't seen yet. Bear in mind this is just one 2km square tetrad, if only this was typical across the country. Unfortunately it won't be, or anything near it I guess.
While on the subject of Nightingales, on friday night at about 22.20 I was in the study and thought I heard birdsong coming from the back garden. I walked out on the patio and to my surprise it was a Nightingale, singing in the dark, just beyond my garden fence. This was the first one I have heard from the house in 31 years, ironically it was also the day I completed my first ever Nightingale survey. It was still singing intermittently this afternoon, I will have a listen tonight now that the lashing rain and howling wind has stopped......until tomorrow!