Despite the new birds for the year, for me the stars of the day were the toads. Several dozens, at least, appeared to be gathering in the ditch at the north side of the reserve. I think, judging by their small size, most of them must have been males. There was a single pair in amplexus, and I didn't see any spawn. I laid down trying to get better shots and got my hand full on some growing nettles. Ouch, it still hurts! but well worth some toad photos.
There were many Avocets, and I witnessed a pair mating in the water, with only the female's head visible over the surface. Black-headed gulls were mating, and nest building.
A sluggish queen Buff-Tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris
The Mute Swans in Reed Lake sitting on the nest. The other one was resting just to the right of the photo.
Toads. Some of them were calling intermittently.
Pair of Common Toads in amplexus
Male Andrena sp. probably A. bicolor in Colt's Foot (thanks to Ian Beavis for ID).
A particularly spotty toad
Record shot of the handsome Black-Tailed Godwit in Reed Lake.
There was a large group of Shelducks by the rabbit warrens. I wonder if they are planning a take-over. Shelducks like to breed in old rabbit burrows.
Three jumping spiders were sunbathing on the fence by Turret Hide. Looking lovely and curious, as always.
Another Yellow Wagtail
A White Wagtail
Male Reed Bunting feeding at the bottom of a hedge
Black-headed gulls. Hard to keep balance with the wind.
Pair of Rooks
- Black-headed Gull
- Black-tailed Godwit
- Carrion Crow
- Feral Pigeon
- Great Tit
- Greylag Goose
- House Sparrow
- Little Grebe
- Little Ringed Plover
- Meadow/Rock Pipit?
- Mute Swan
- Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)
- Reed Bunting
- Sand Martin
- Stock Dove
- Tree Sparrow
- Tufted Duck
- Yellow Wagtail