Weather: Warm, sunny, blue skies.
Little Grebe; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Mallard; Shoveler; Gadwall; Teal; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Buzzard; Kestrel; Hobby; Pheasant; Moorhen; Coot; Little Ringed Plover; Black-headed Gull; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Common Tern; Woodpigeon; Kingfisher; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wren; Dunnock; Robin; Blackbird; Song Thrush (H); Cetti's Warbler; Reed Warbler (H); Sedge Warbler; Blackcap (H); Chiffchaff; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Magpie; Jay; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting (H).
Plus: Brimstone; Holly Blue; Orange Tip; Peacock; Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies.
Another very warm day with a very light breeze. No rain again and I hear that a drought has been forecast for May. We'll see.
It started out pretty good today. I spotted a Treecreeper fly in on to a tree behind me whilst waiting for a train. On the train journey itself there was a Grey Heron flying alongside. When we left Harlow we caught up and passed it again. It might have been using the tracks as guidance. And while I was waiting for the connection from Broxbourne I heard a Cuckoo. On the walk around to the Reserve a Sedge Warbler flew up and landed high up on a bush not five metres away from me. All this and I hadn't even got to the Reserve yet.
Inside the Reserve itself it was all a case of apple and pairs. I saw a pair of Buzzards; Kestrels; Hobbys and Kingfishers. The apple was for lunch!
From the Draper Hide there were Little Egret; Little Grebe; Grey Heron; a Common Tern; a Jay; a pair of Shelduck and a Little Ringed Plover. Along the trails there were plenty of Warblers singing, mainly Chiffchaff and Sedge.
Another very good day out. As was the apple.