A corncrake (Crex crex) onĀ  migration was recorded in a garden in Widcome, Bath, on Friday 29 April in the late morning. BNHS Immediate Past President David Goode was astounded to hear the unmistakeable call, which continued intermittently for up to a quarter of an hour, in his own garden.

Corncrakes are notorious for keeping out of sight and despite cautious attempts to get a view David was unable to catch a glimpse of the secretive visitor in the undergrowth, despite its persistent calls. He was unable to continue the quest and had to leave the garden, and the next day it became apparent the migrant had continued its northward journey.