Upon arriving at the reserve, our plan was to head straight down to the sea as high tide was at 11:15, then check out the pools, reedbed and marshes on the way back. However there was so much good stuff around our walk to the beach ended up taking rather longer than planned! Before we'd even got off the coach I saw my first Painted Lady butterfly of the year; at the start of the main path through the reserve some young children were feeding a very tame and friendly Song Thrush. Making our way along the path we saw Wall, Common Blue and Red Admiral butterflies on the warm grassy bank. In some bushes among the reedbed we heard, then saw, Reed and Cetti's Warblers and all the way along the path we saw Linnets, Avocets, Redshanks, Meadow Pipits, Little Egrets and Reed Buntings aplenty.
|Great spot for smashing Cetti's Warbler views.|
|The lagoon, with sleepy Avocets.|
On the first large lagoon was a smashing male Garganey, a lovely group of immature Little Gulls (cute!), some roosting Grey Plovers and a bunch of Black-tailed Godwits; over the reeds at the back a female Marsh Harrier was patrolling. I was on the lookout for new plants to try and learn as usual and there was plenty of this about:
|I think it may be Shrubby Sea-blite (Suaeda vera).|
|Give me your lunch!|
|Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi).|
|Southern Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa)?|