|Goat Willow catkins|
|Buff tailed Bumblebee|
It wasn't long before i heard my first spring migrant the ChiffChaff, although I could not locate it as I walked along the trail. As I entered the 'Cordite store' area, I could hear the call again, and It wasn't long before it showed itself.
The Woodland feeding station was quiet with just the now usual Brown Rats feeding on the spilt grain.
Found myself duck watching again at the Shooting Butts Hide, this time it was the Pochard that caught my eye, and for a change they were quite active, a group of five drakes had cornered two females in the reed fringes, the interesting part was the courtship display, something I have not witnessed with this species, the drakes approaching the females, lowering there neck and head flat to the water surface and then quickly swim away,
|Drake Pochard ( courtship display )|
It was soon after watching the Pochard courtship that I saw a small plover working its way around the muddy fringes of the islands in front of the hide , a quick look and I mentally identified it as a Ringed plover, a closer look revealed a lovely Little Ringed Plover, my second spring migrant of the day.
|Little Ringed Plover|
Other birds noted around the marshes included Reed Bunting, GreyLag and Canada Geese, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing , Redshank, Shoveller no sign of any Pintail this time, A Little Egret did a flyby.
The only Butterfly seen was a Small Tortoiseshell.
A few Marsh Frogs beginning to show, but none heard calling.
Interesting couple of hours with a good variety of wildlife sightings.