- first calling cuckoo
- 100s of swifts
- 5 bitterns in the air at once, and one calling
- 6 hobbies in one field of view
- marsh harrier
- endless warblers (white-throat, garden, chiff-chaff, willow, sedge, Cetti's, blackcap)
- drumming gs woodpecker
- singing nightingale (first for 20 years in the area)
- first emerging damselflies of the year
The white-throat appeared in a bush in front of me before I had even got out of the car - so the car was quite a good hide.
An unidentified egg on the footpath:
I was hugely excited to hear the tones of a nightingale for the first time in many, many years. Other people had heard it too, but I was the only one able to photograph it:
It that was not amazing enough, there was much excitement at the sight of a pair of bitterns being chased by another pair overhead. They all wheeled around for ages, flying off into the distance then returning. I had never seen anything like it. The light was really poor for photos, but at least this is a good record. At one point there was five birds in the air and one calling too.
The first damselflies that I have seen emerging en masse was a welcome sight - good food for the hobbies!
A truly wonderful day.