Captive Birds seen:
Black-bellied Whistling Duck; Black Swan; Bufflehead; Canvasback; Chestnut Teal; Chinese (eastern) Spot-bill; Chloe Wigeon; Comb Duck; Coscoroba Swan; Eyton's Whistling Duck; Falcated Duck; Hardhead; Hooded Merganser; Lesser White-fronted Goose; Marbled Teal; Muskovy Duck; Nene Goose; Red-breasted Goose; White-faced Whistling Duck; White-winged Duck.
Plus: Asian Short-clawed Otters.
Plus: Brimstone; Common Blue; Peacock.
Bad journey in. Fell flat on my face trying to run for the train. Cuts on knees, elbows, hand and also scratched my spectacles. I was pleasantly surprised when 3 guys came to my aid. Plus the train driver held up the train for me AND asked if I was ok. Only my pride was hurt.
I got to the Reserve just before 10, via the usual route down and left via the usual route back.
It was a gloriously sunny, warm day which allowed me to take off my fleece, which left me wearing just two layers today.
I tried the Wildside route first, this time taking a different route round. The summer route was also open and it was a pleasant walk around the area, taking plenty of photos.
Nothing new seen today, that I haven't seen before, but I was taking lots of shots and enjoying the sunshine.
After lunch I walked around the Hide Side seeing 3 Redshank; Sparrowhawk and Goldcrest. There were plenty of Warblers about and singing but I only managed to see a lone Blackcap.
A few butterflies about today, mainly Brimstones. No dragons or damsels yet or my favourites, the Shield Bugs. But there were plenty of bees and thousands of midges. The Otters even sat still long enough for a couple of cute shots.
Bluebells were seen today, on the route between the station and the Reserve, but not as many as last year. On the way back to the station I spotted a Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker.
All in all it was a very nice day out and good to be in the sun again. And yes, I did still get a red nose despite lots of sun block.
A few more photos of the day:
|Lesser White-fronted Goose|
|The first of the ducklings.|
|Mute Swan losing its' head!|