As we walk on the open side of the reserve, dotted with mounds of bramble and lone hawthorns, Whitethroats, and a singing Sedge Warbler (above) become apparent. We see see little flocks of Linnets and watch a singing male Reed Bunting.
Then the Cuckoo calls again, this time much closer to us and there is no mistaken its clear, musical two note call with the Collared Dove's. We sit on a bench and a few minutes later the Cuckoo flies across the field to its next singing post, with wings sharp like scythes and its long narrow tail. It is our first Cuckoo of the year and it is great to see it too.
In the lake, the two families of Greylag geese rest by the water side. The goslings are quite big and the adults seem to be moulting, with lots of primary feathers lying about. They have 3 and 1 gosling left.
Two Reed Warblers sing away by the reeds fringing parts of the lake, but they are near the water side and we do not get a glimpse of them.
View of Red Admiral alley
Monacha cantiana snails keeping dry atop a stem
A view of the grassy, rolling side of the reserve, with sleeping Magpie
An Amber snail far from water
Singing Reed Bunting
Another view of the edge of the reserve
A gander defending its only surviving gosling
Chaffinch singing by the car park
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Collared Dove
- Greylag Goose
- Herring Gull
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Long-tailed Tit
- Reed Bunting
- Reed Warbler
- Sedge Warbler
- Willow Warbler