The weather has been glorious and the wildlife seems to have enjoyed it as much as we have.
A hobby has been seen regularly and the nightingales are starting to perform with the vigour expected of them! Other songsters competing for our attention include : garden warblers, lesser whitetroats, reed warbler, blackcaps and willow warblers - and I wouldn't like to leave out the cuckoo, which has greeted me most mornings.
At the other end of the day, if you are not in a rush to get home, a barn owl has been seen flying near the visitor centre on some evenings.
Lets hope this isn't the end of the good weather, so we - and the wildlife - can enjoy it some more...
The first lesser whitethroat was heard this morning by our assistant warden, and blackcaps and whitethroats have been heard all week - does this mean spring is here?. Other signs include the first peacock and orange tip butterflies being reported in the last few days and yesterday dancing adders were spotted for the first time.
Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that the nightingales will put in their first appearance during our dawn chorus event tomorrow morning!!
A single crane dropped in (again? or was it a different bird from last week' pair?) on sunday afternoon and roosted on the reserve overnight. This one left at just after 10am the next morning (no early starts for cranes) and spent a few minutes gaining height, wheeling high over the reserve before heading off NNE.
The first little ringed plovers have now arrived and one of our volunteers reported the first snatch of nightingale song coming from the scrub near the hanger viewpoint yesterday.