Another chilly, windy day! The water levels were high but we still enjoyed the sight of a few remaining winter waders including Bar-tailed Godwit among the Geese, Ducks and Gulls. We also watched Mediterranean and Little Gull and enjoyed seeing many Avocet including one pair with three young.
Avocets on the saline pool
A mammal that we rarely see on our days out is the Water Vole so the chance to get some shots of this animal was most welcome.
A pleasant sheltered walk under mature trees allowed us the chance to pin-point Marsh Tit in the canopy while listening to nest bound chicks cheeping from many of the nestboxes. There was brief amusement at orange life belts anchored to wooden benches - health and safety gone mad alongside the mud lined ditches.
Reed Bunting, Chaffinch and Greenfinch at feeding station
We watched a range of species taking advantage of a feeding table and enjoyed the comings and goings of a female Marsh Harrier, known to have seen more than 30 chicks to fledging since the reserve was first opened.
Marsh Harrier at nest site