From the first hide, a pair of goldeneye along with gadwall, mallard, canada geese and teal. Black headed and common gulls overhead and roosting whilst a water rail called from the rushes, but didn't make an appearance.
In the Ash Carr a nuthatch, great, blue and long tailed tit as well as a pair of confiding marsh tits. One was ringed but not confiding enough to read the ring.
On to Hawkers Pool but the long tailed duck that has been present for a while was not at its regular site and I was out of time, so back to the shop at the Visitors' Centre. There is no entrance fee, so a donation was made before I headed off to Burnt Eleigh to pay Dad some time.
A very impressive reserve and one that, in a few weeks time, looks very good for warblers, particularly chiffchaff, willow warbler and maybe nightingale. Hobbies should also be around as there is plenty of scope for dragonfly species.
I plan to return in early May.
|noisy Egyptian goose|
|A send off|
|same territorial dispute|
|snapshot of flighty marsh tit|