Despite the rather cloudy conditions, the Sedge Warblers were still going crackers at Marshside this evening, singing away, display flighting and generally behaving like lunatics.
Great little birds.
Avocets had chicks everywhere and were defending them from anything that came too close, from a Cormorant on the Sandplant lagoons to a Redshank that wandered too close.
Finding one motionless was quiet hard.
Plenty of young Lapwings out too.
Between 50 and 100 Swifts hawking around the reserve, with smaller numbers of hirundines, and at least 35 Dunlin on Polly's Creek.
At Nels the Whitethroat was squawking away on the bare branches just above the entrance as usual, and the Reed Warblers were chuntering away to the right.
Couldn't see the Glossy Ibis, although I believe it had been around earlier on - probably lurking down a ditch, scoffing snails.
A single male Ruff from Nels and another 20 or so Dunlin, but they were hard to count as they fed in the tussocks and smaller pools at the back.
A few Wigeon and at least one pair of Teal.
The male Ruddy Duck was bubbling away to his mate right under the hide.
Nicest of all was a male Garganey which waddled furtively through the long sedges and grass at the back of the pool - very interesting.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...