|Peacock on a nettle|
All along the river we had heard birds singing, calling and just generally filling our ears with delightful sounds. We caught a glimpse of a small slim warbler type and thought it could have been a willow warbler, but it didn't stop for long. Further up river and near Tower hide we watched the bird shown below flitting amongst reeds, trees ad bushes. If anyone would like to identify it for me that would be great! We think probably willow warbler due to its yellow stripe above the eye and quite long wings? But its legs appear darker so chiff chaff maybe? Or neither?! It wasn't calling like a chiff chaff but I'm not great at IDing through calls! Anyway please do comment below if you know!
|Chiffchaff or willow warbler or neither? Clear yellow stripe above the eye and dark stripe through the eye points more towards willow warb? However quite dark legs, maybe just in shadow?|
|Chiffchaff or willow warbler or neither?!|
|Chiffchaff? Willow warbler??|
|Spot the marsh frog|
|Common blue damselfly (probably hobby fodder!)|
Walking through the wooded area we again heard lots of warbler song. It was SO loud and it was great to see this little blackcap amongst the foliage and put a bird to the song! Not the greatest photo but my first of a blackcap so thought I would include it.
|Coot and some of its chicks|
|All the coot chicks|
Our final stretch of the walk provided us with some better views of marsh frogs, which helpfully plopped into the water as we walked past. We got excited thinking it may have been a water vole, but when we looked closely at the water we realised it was indeed a froggy! Not that we were complaining, it is lovely to see so many marsh frogs around!
We stopped briefly at one last hide (I can't remember the names of them!) before we had to get home in time for me to go to work. We observed this pair of common terns wandering about on this jetty-like area, scuffling around and looking like they were settling down for the rest of the afternoon. The mallards ignored them completely.
|Common terns and a couple of mallards|
May has been a great month for me! I hope June brings some warm and sunny weather and equally lots more wildlife and nature!
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my blog :) and if you know what the warbler is please let me know!