Mark Hamblin (rspb-images.com)
Pairs of shelduck (above) are evident across the lagoons opposite the viewing room. With an increasing number of lapwing nests being recorded, hopes are rising for a better breeding season. Goldeneye and tufted duck are in Vane bay.
Nigel Blake (rspb-images.com)
A yellow wagtail (above), only the second recorded sighting at Vane, has been seen following in the tracks of grazing cattle. Wheatear have also been spotted on the wetland edges and a pair of great-crested grebes are nesting on the flood.
Numbers of swallows have been growing as they check out their usual nesting haunts around the reserve. A female marsh harrier - pictured, Ernie Janes (rspb-images.com) - had to take refuge in the trees on the lochside after being mobbed by crows. Three juvenile tawny owls have now been spotted roosting in trees close to the centre.