|Goat Willow Catkins|
|Marsh Harriers skydancing|
|Chinese Water Deer|
The sound of Cetti's warblers are heard throughout my shift like a loud outburst that can catch you unaware. They often make me jump whenever they are closeby. Sometimes while I'm out on a walk around the reserve, they get so close to me without me knowing, that they shout right into my ears from a bush or reedbed and make me physically jump in surprise! Another highlight in the spring soundscape are booming bitterns. In the distance, I managed to hear one coming somewhere in the direction of the Tower Hide on the other side of the site. It was only just audible but I could hear about four deep booming notes.
Marsh harriers continued to skydance throughout the morning, but they and the buzzards weren't the only bird of prey around. From the corner of my eye, I noticed a small bird being pursued by a sparrowhawk. The small bird dived into a reedbed between the two channels linking to the broad to my right. The sparrowhawk lunged in talons out, but failed to catch the bird. It then became a target for a mobbing crow which chased it away. The sparrowhawk (a female) made a few more appearences past the hide but nothing as dramatic as that. I also saw a kingfisher making a brief flyby today.