We've had these Goosanders hanging around the main lake for several weeks now. There are generally 2 females and 1 male. On this day it was just a male and female together. It would be great if they stayed in the area to breed, but I don't think they will. They're such graceful looking birds.
I quite often see one Grey Heron on the Reserve. It tends to be quite skittish, moving off at the slightest movement from me. On this day, I was surprised to see three all standing together. Needless to say, they all took off as I walked around the main lake. I managed to catch two of them in flight, the third going off in the opposite direction. You can just see the head of one of them to the right in the photo below.
As I walked round the Reserve, I came across the sweet, repetitive warble of the humble Dunnock. This is a very unassuming bird, but which on closer inspection, has a lovely subtle plumage.
It's a real bonus to be able to recognise birds song. I picked up the liquid bubbling song of Goldfinches and immediately looked around for them. I soon found them feeding off the tiny seeds from these Teasel plants. I couldn't get very close but managed to get a record shot.
I'll finish off on a bright note. There's not much in flower around the Reserve at the moment, but I found these Colt's-foot plants bursting out in flower on the beetle bank. The flowers come out before the leaves. It was a lovely splash of early colour!
Lets hope Spring is on the way shortly!