There were 3 Common Sandpipers making their presence known, being very vocal and chasing one another around - normally just a passage visitor at the reserve, I wonder if they'll stick around?
|Common Sandpiper, RSPB Sandwell Valley 28/04/13.|
I got some more practice on White Wagtail too, feel fairly confident distinguishing these from Pied now....
|White Wagtail, RSPB Sandwell Valley 28/04/13.|
My drawings are once again very variable, but I was quite pleased with the Lapwing.
|Sketches of Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Coot, RSPB Sandwell Valley 28/04/13.|
I also decided to try and learn a new plant or two every time I go out as I'd really like to improve my plant ID skills, plus I've also just bought myself a copy of The Wild Flower Key: How to identify wild flowers, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland to assist with my studies, so I figured I may as well get using it straight away. This plant seemed vaguely familiar and I think I used to know it but have forgotten, I thought it might be a member of the nettle family?
|Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon), RSPB Sandwell Valley 28/04/13.|
|Wood Avens (Geum urbanum) (probably), RSPB Sandwell Valley 28/04/13.|