Rolled up at Friday's location not long after 8am - the warden was opening the reserve early for a week, as an erruption of Bearded Tits was expected. The Reedlings didn't show, but the light in one hide was perfect, and many of the waders were extremely close. Of course by the time the am session arrived the birds weren't as close & the light wasn't as perfect. The high tides had brought in a lot more water than was present the previous week, and there were more Black-tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshanks, Redshanks & Greenshanks to see, but the Ruff & Green Sandpiper failed to put in an appearance. A female Stonechat next to the Visitor Centre was a bonus in the morning, but was only glimpsed through a distant telescope in the afternoon. 4 Marsh Harriers came out of the reeds at exactly 11 am, but after that they were only seen intermittently. A couple of the hides still looked out onto acres of dried mud, so it is to be hoped that the high tides will have flooded more of the reserve in the next couple of days!
Black-tailed Godwit - in non-breeding plumage
Drake Teal Coming out of Eclipse