Monday, 22 April 2013

Rodden Reserve recently

Over the last few days, I've made a couple of quick trips over to my local reserve at Rodden. I can never pass up taking a photo from my favourite vantage point. 
 It was lovely to hear the first Willow Warblers coming back at last. I managed to track one of them down and take a couple of photos. You can see the pale legs in these photos which is one of the ways to tell them apart from the similar Chiffchaff which has dark legs.
 It was sat up alert singing its beautiful, slightly melancholic cascading song. One of my favourites!
This isn't the best shot, but it shows a Wren busy nest building with a beak full of dried leaves.
 Another thing I've been waiting for is the flowering of the Marsh Marigold. It's such a wonderful burst of golden yellow in a still drab landscape each year.
 Just a photo of the beautiful bark of the Silver Birch.
A Moorhen checking himself out in the reflection. I'm sure it must be a male! (-;
We have some feeders up at the reserve and this female Pheasant was standing underneath and kept looking up to the feeding finches above, waiting for some tasty morsels!
There'll be a Somerset Levels post shortly.


Pix Under the Oaks said...

Some lovely pictures Jen. Like the one of the warbler with its little beak open singing. Some pretty clouds too!

Anonymous said...

A nice catch up with all that has been going on at your local nature reserve Jenny :-) Willow Warblers seem to have arrived all at once this year and it's lovely to hear them singing away again in the local woods and scrubs :-)

Linda said...

Such a lovely series of photos!

ShySongbird said...

Lovely to see things moving on there Jenny especially with Willow Warblers and Marsh Marigolds, it has been such a long wait this year. Lovely photos too.

Jenny said...

Hi Pix, Thanks it was lovely to hear that beautiful soulful song again.

Hi David, it is, it's definitely one of my favourite bird songs. My definite favourite is Blackbird! (-:

Hi Linda, thanks for dropping in on my blog and commenting! (-:

Hi Jan, it has been a long wait and all of a sudden there has been a mad rush of migrants! I'm trying to get out as much as possible to enjoy it! (-:

Mary said...

The female pheasant may be a lot plainer then the male, but it is very pretty.