My walk around Rodden Reserve didn't produce anything particularly exciting birdwise, but it was just lovely to be out walking under a beautiful blue sky. The resident Buzzard was sitting in the sunshine in one of the larger trees along the river Frome.
I can never seem to get very close to raptors, so here are some cropped photos to show him (or her) a bit better.
When it started to bend over, I thought it was just about to fly off but.....
......instead, it was going through one of those necessary functions!
Luckily I missed the most relevant moment! (-:
The Canada Geese seem to come and go from the reserve. Last year a pair did breed here and raised 5 young. Being an non-native species and also given their possible aggressive natures towards other wildlife, breeding here is met with mixed emotions.
They were certainly viewing me with interests, but with little fear
One of several pairs of Mallards that breed on the reserve. One of my BTO survey tetrads covers this reserve, so it will be interesting to see what stays around to breed this year.
On my walk around, one of the loudest and most distinctive bird songs came from the Song Thush. It was great to hear this varied but repetitive song again after the long winter!
Again, I wasn't able to get a close shot, so here's a cropped version of the photo above.
The forecast is for rain for the next few days, so it might be a while before I get to walk around here again.