|Bittern over reedbed (c) Bark|
The aforementioned Marsh Harrier is one of two birds that are being seen regularly, one is a very tatty sub-adult male the other a female with much more complete plumage.
|Green Sand on Greenaways (c) Bark|
Wader passage is just beginning to get going and small numbers of Green Sandpipers are being seen regularly. Greenshanks are also present and although not always visible can be picked up on call. On Sunday we saw our first Common Sandpiper for about eighteen months. It was seen on the Tern Raft and then later on the southern reedbed. I am sure they occur regularly but with so much habitat they can be tricky to find.
|Juvenile Reed Warbler (c) Bark|
|Juvenile Garden warbler? (c) Bark|
|Displaying Great Crested Grebe (c) John Reynolds|
|Feeding Common Tern (c) John Reynolds|
The Roman Road continues to be good for Dragonflies and Butterflies and it will not be long now before the Brown Hairstreaks are on the wing alongside their purple cousins. The tall spindly ash trees towards the end of the ride are a favourite location. I finally caught up with a Silver Washed Fritillary on Friday out in the Malt Pit area. A real russet beauty but sadly I failed to get a good picture.
|Common Lizard basking in the rain (c) Bark|