At Island Mere Hide, little grebes were yodelling their calls, water rail were screeching somewhere hidden in the reeds and a marsh harrier delighted Mum (she loves seeing them). We also found lots of small fish which I believe are three-spined sticklebacks under the bordwalk leading to the hide.
|Female Reed Bunting|
Lastly, we walked towards the beach and to one of the hides there. Avocets were busy feeding and the spits and islands were full of gulls (mostly herring, lesser black-backs and the odd great black-backed gull, which are big birds with jet black wings and pink legs). We also found a couple of linnets and a few pintail ducks with a few males bearing a long, pointy tail and chocolate brown head. It was a great extension to my birthday, but that bittern stoled the show.
|Great Black-backed Gull|