28/4 Went to Tophill Low NR with John on Sunday morning. Started in D reservoir car park hide. Good number of hirundines as well as a small number of Common Swifts. Also a female Marsh Harrier flew south. Seen again later and then 2 seen early evening. Walked up through D woods to Hempholme Meadows. Little Egret there but flew to the river after being flushed to 2 volunteer wardens.
Little Egret-Hempholme Meadows
Also had my first Whitethroat singing near the hide as well as a showy pair of Blackcap.
Common Whitethroat-Hempholme Meadows
Female Blackcap-Hempholme Meadows
Male Blackcap-Hempholme Meadows
Several tens of Swift over the north end. Walked back along the road.
Tree Sparrow-Barmston Drain
Had no wagtails but a few on the reservoir wall below car park hide, a brief “channel-type”, 2 more showy Whites and 4 Yellows and a Pied.
White Wagtail-D reservoir wall
Had lunch in the hide and picked up a Common Tern [a 2nd or 2 more seen after we went south]. Went south this afternoon, first to South Marsh East where a Greenshank was showing.
Greenshank-South Marsh East
South Marsh East-now nearly dry
Then went to South Marsh West where the Cetti’s Warbler was in good song but only giving brief views, and Reed Warbler just audible in the wind. Also heard a Cetti’s briefly by North Lagoon. On Watton NR a pair of Little Ringed Plover had been seen copulating. Lesser Whitethroat singing in South Scrub, Ended the day back at car park hide where the Ring-necked Duck was showing up close having dropped in mid afternoon.
Drake Ring-necked Duck-D reservoir