Sounds of Spring - Lodmoor 1st May

7am is a lovely time of day, we can all agree as lovers of wildlife that if you wish to experience the best action that early morning is best. A small group assembled for my Sounds of Spring walk this Sunday with the aim to see as many warblers as we could and adding on anything else nice in the process. We started the day superbly well with a Garden Warbler at the entrance, this isn't always the easiest bird to see, they either hide or they're not there at all! Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warbler were next to fall all singing brilliantly along the path, the first two I've attached recordings of at the bottom. The Radipole Hooded Merganser flew around the reserve briefly before heading back west to where it belongs, it's always exciting to see him flying around and surely gives him slightly better credentials? Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat all put in an appearance, though sadly the latter was only seen in flight and not by all. Bearded Tits called as we headed towards the Rugby Club and two obliged by flying over us, a further 3 were seen slightly further on. 90 minutes passed by and were were struggling to see or even hear a Willow Warbler until a familiar hoo-eet sounded from a willow (conveniently) and our 9th Warbler species was seen. Other sightings included Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Pochard, Swallow, House Martin and Swift. It was a superb morning enjoyed by all.




Checking my phone upon leaving alerted me to the presence of a Kentish Plover at Ferrybridge, although I've seen a few, they've all been females or Juveniles so we got a shift on just in case It was a male.Upon arrival I greeted the Seamists who told me it was indeed a male but it flew off minute before...



I was however on alert for when it reappeared! Not that my photo does it any justice!!