Sedge Warbler at Grove Ferry.
I really enjoy both Stodmarsh & Grove Ferry in the spring , the sound of newly arrived Sedge & Reed Warblers is a magical sound coming from the reedbeds.
We started at the Grove Ferry end and bird song was in full force starting with 3 Bullfinch along the entrance track, Cetti's, Sedge & Reed Warbler were in abundance all over the reserve, plenty of Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs in full voice made it a very pleasant walk.
Male & Female Garganey
After a successful walk around Grove Ferry we headed to Stodmarsh and had superb views of a pair of Garganey in front of the reedbed hide.
On the main lake there were 5 Common Terns making their presence felt , we also had superb views of a pair of Treecreepers near the path, i even attempted to digi-scope them !!!
18th April : STODMARSH
News of a Purple Heron (Great find by Martyn Wilson) near the Marsh hide had me heading there asap, and to keep a long story short i missed the Purple Heron by a few minutes as it had flown out of view before i got there.
Despite waiting for it's hoped for re-appearance for nearly 2 & half hours it never came back (but did appear later in the afternoon long after i had gone !!!).
We did see some really good birds whilst we waited in vain including a cracking Little Ringed Plover.
Little Ringed Plover.
I also heard my first Cuckoo of the year plus 2 Bittern's were heard 'Booming' , another close view of a male Garganey in front of the hide was most welcome to.
On the way back we also saw the Little Owl on the old farm building.
21st April : STODMARSH
Second time Lucky !!!
Purple Heron walking in the reeds.
And some great views of the Purple Heron in flight.
Purple Heron coming into land.
23rd April : STODMARSH
New Bird for my Valley Bird List
1 of 2 Bar Tailed Godwits.
After checking my bird records i was very happy to add Bar Tailed Godwit to my Stour Valley Bird List, in fact there were 2 birds present from the Marsh hide.
2 Bar Tailed Godwits.
It was also great to see at least 3 Hobby on route to the Marsh hide including one bird perched on a distant fence post.
Hobby in flight.
We were also lucky to once again see the Purple Heron in flight between the Alder Wood and Marsh Hide.
Purple Heron in flight.
A quick look in the Reedbed hide produced a pair of Garganey sleeping and a very close Green Sandpiper.