A Common Whitethroat was singing in a tree by the main entrance gate this morning. Also at least 6 Blackcaps singing. In St Mary's Well Bay there were just 3 Oycs and 2 Shelduck. There was a nice show of Cowslips dotted around and a few Holly Blues on the wing.
A Common Sandpiper flew from the far shore of E lake and appeared to head into W lake but I couldn't relocate it there. There were several Reed Warbler singing in the E lake reed bed by the boardwalk although not visible. Also 4-5 male Reed Buntings flitting and chasing around there. Also had a damselfly of some sort - took a pic but am now away for w/e without camera.
2 Reed Warblers were visible in the flattened centre of W lake reeds, my first of the year. Had brief views of a male Wheatear on the twmp beyond the dragonfly pond before it flew off high to the west. Apparently there was a fem too [per Graham Smith]. Thx to Jeff Curtis for the heads up re the Wheatear.
Highlights this morning: 1 male Pere flew over > N; 1 Lesser Whitethroat about 50m beyond the dragonfly pond but quite flighty - didn't sing; 6 Swallow; shed loads of Blackcaps singing. In Cogan Wood, 1 Brimstone, several Orangetip, 2 Comma and a Holly Blue, and what I think was a Buff-tailed Bumblebee..
Nice views of a Lesser Whitethroat singing briefly by the main entrance gate to the W lake conservation area [in the dip]. Mistle Thrush collecting food again in W paddock, 1 drake Tufted Duck W lake, 2 ad and 1 imm Heron W lake reeds, 1 Sand Martin E lake.
During a morning walk - 2 Blackcaps singing and a fem in Cogan Wood, 4-5 Chiffchaff singing, 40 Sand Martin over W lake, quite high up, Ad and Imm Grey Heron by W lake posts, and my first Willow Warbler in trees by the main boardwalk.