I was going over to do 'the duty' anyway, but something made me slip my camera into my pocket, something I very rarely do these days (lets face it the marsh and Mere are lovely, but it aint Minsmere).
The set-aside vegetation has grown hugely through the last few days and I was taking it in as I walked toward the tin bridge with that feeling that something good was there. I got to the tin bridge, crossed the stile and started scanning the paddocks. Male Oystercatcher, Mistle Thrush, three Starling and... not even a hint of a bloody Dotterel!
So much for psychic eh - still it doesn't hurt to dream does it?
I managed to get my first views of this years Oystercatcher chicks, both still alive and being closely guarded by their mother, two Common Tern and three lesser Black Backed Gull were the only other birds of note.
Two Little Grebe today (and going by the size difference) I would say male and female, one Common Tern and three Lesser Black Backed Gull which included the very handsome bird (Above and Below) which seemed to have quite dark plumage, was long-winged and 'interesting'. Two Reed Warbler were singing at each other today and there were probably more singing Willow Warbler than I have heard at any other time this year.
There we are then, the usual suspects and an interesting gull for the time of year. Never mind, 102 days until the official start of autumn. - Chaz