Good birding down at the marsh with my first ever BEARDED TITS, at least 3 of them, showing brilliantly for a short while on the tops of reeds. A low flying DUNLIN careered around and a distant, high flock of GOLDEN PLOVER went east.
Quite an incredible day with brief views in the afternoon of this BOOTED WARBLER which was roaming around with a bunch of CHIFFCHAFFS on the top path, just south of the Hollow. Shame I couldn't really watch it though, the bird fast disappearing into the large mass of impenetrable prickly scrub. Thank the Lord it did at least perch up obligingly for a precious few seconds...
It was good day all round with things clearly moving: a couple of MARSH HARRIERS went overhead and there were flocks of hundreds of SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS. A LESSER WHITETHROAT was down at Cow Gap and there were good numbers of CHIFFCHAFFS everywhere. To cap it all off, what surely was a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER popped out into view for a split second before flying off.
Interestingly the 2 very black-bellied DUNLINS on site this morning were not the same as yesterday's birds.
Lots of WILLOW WARBLERS around at the moment, several singing.
Here's one of the grotty-looking juvenile WATER RAILS that are walking boldly around away from the reeds - somehow they look much rarer like that !