Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Mallard; Wigeon; Shoveler; Gadwall; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Buzzard; Kestrel; Hobby; Pheasant; Moorhen; Coot; Ringed Plover; Little Ringed Plover; Lapwing; Redshank; Snipe; Black-headed Gull; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Common Tern; Woodpigeon; Cuckoo (H); Swift; Kingfisher; Great Spotted Woodpecker (H); Green Woodpecker (H); Pied Wagtail; Wren; Dunnock; Robin; Blackbird; Cetti's Warbler (H); Reed Warbler; Sedge Warbler; Garden Warbler; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Treecreeper (H); Starling; Magpie; Jay; Carrion Crow; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch (H); Reed Bunting.
Plus: Catfish; Grey Squirrel; Rabbit.
Plus: Comma; Green-veined White; Holly Blue; Orange Tip; Peacock; Small White; Speckled Wood butterflies
Plus: Azure Blue, Blue-tailed; Common Blue; Large Red; Red-eyed Damselflies; Broad-bodied, Hairy Dragonflies.
Plus: Cardinal and Soldier Beetles; Mayflies; Scorpion Fly; Common Spotted, Early Purple, Southern Marsh Orchids.
Mercifully there was not as much pollen today. I and my nose thank the Pollen Gods.
Although it was very warm there was a cool breeze blowing in from the lake. I spent more than ninety minutes watching from the viewpoint. There was plenty to see. A couple of Little Egrets; the male Wigeon; a lone Shoveler; a couple of Buzzards; a pair of Kestrels; at least 7 Hobbys, although more were seen by others; a Ringed Plover, hopping on one leg; 3 LRPs; lots of Lapwing; a pair of Redshank; a lone Snipe and lots of Common Terns. Plus lots of chicks everywhere, Greylags; Canadas; Mallards; Moorhens; Coots; BHGs and Lapwings.
There were also Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings flying through the reeds; Swifts, Spitfires of the skies, flying overhead and a Cuckoo singing away to our right.
On the walk down the trail to the Reserve I spotted a lone GCG, the only one of the day; a Blackcap and a Jay. So it was a good start to the day.
I took my leave of the viewpoint, leaving behind a large contingent of birders, some of whom I knew, some I didn't. One of them I knew from my Ethiopian trip of last November.
I made my way down to the James Hide. Partly to get my camera gear out and partly to escape the hot sun. There wasn't much to see from the Hide today, just a pair of Gadwall feeding. A few Warblers and Buntings flitted around and a Cetti's was heard. Only a pair of Great Tits were using the feeders. And a pair of Grey Squirrels.
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