82 Black-tailed GodwitsAs I approached the hide I could hear the Avocets. There were well over 150, very active and quarrelsome amongst themselves.
Water Rail, amongst the greening reeds.I decided to do a circular walk by the Trent. There was an aggressive Mute Swan chasing any Greylag that dared landing on its patch. The coots were left alone. Two pairs of Little Grebes called from the reeds.
One of the entrances of what appears to be a Badger sett on the sea wall.
The view from the Trent, upstream. A wooded cliff by the river on the background.
Black-tailed godwits on breeding plumage on flooded field.
A Jay watching from a large tree. The mixed habitats of old trees by the wetlands means you can watch a Jay while hearing a Cetti's singing.
I returned to the main hide and had my lunch there. Marsh Harriers passes flushed the waders regularly. Buzzards, three at some point, were also soaring over the reserve.
Some quarrelling Avocets.
As I was taking my wellies off by the car I heard a swallow alarm call, and looking up, there it was, perched on a wire by the sewage works, my first Swallow of the year. I took a couple of quick photos and it took off, flying high and then north.