With the sun shining again Anita and I took a trip up to WWT Barnes. The car park was pretty full and not unexpectedly the place was full of mummies with their little ones in tow making more noise than a henhouse full of chickens! Despite all this we managed to get around quite easily and see most of what was on offer.
A 'real' Grey Heron.
Two gorgeous Little Grebes in full finery.
One of many male Tufted Ducks
A Cormorant gracefully swims by.
One of the many Mallard chicks providing the 'Oh Ahh' factor around the reserve.
Additions to my year list were watching the 20+ Sand Martins as they dashed in and out of the pipes on the sand martin bank, a single Little Ringed Plover washing and preening on the wader scrape plus a Reed Warbler, replendent in its warm brown garb with red-brown rump, flitting through a hedgerow and ocassionally attempting its jittery song. In addition to all the usual ducks, geese, grebes, gulls etc. there were a handful of Redshank, but we failed to find the Whimbrel. Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were heard and seen and at least 4 Cetti's Warblers called out to us but as usual were not willing to show themselves. We also spent some time watching and photographing some of the captive species but I'll keep these for another day. Have a good wildlife weekend. FAB.