What a morning!
We hopped in the car and parked up at the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland centre.
Here’s one of several Sedge Warblers that was singing a sweet scritchy scratchy song, which sounds a bit like and angler’s fishing rod whirling around.
Out on the eastern side of the reserve where the boat trips take place we soon saw a variety of fabulous birds.
Canada Geese gingerly warned us to back off as the went near their young goslings.
Moorhens scurried close by, whilst we were aurally bombarded by the explosive call of Cetti’s Warblers.
I’ve seen these birds many times previously at Hackney Marshes in Newton Abbot, but today was the first time I got a clear sighting of a pair on the wing.
Sitting in the hides we watched Lapwing, Mute Swan, Med Gulls, Tufties, Pochard and Mallard going about their business.
High overhead a pair of Buzzards mewed, whilst a solitary Red Kite soared nearby.
I heard Robin, Goldfinch, watched Chaffinch, Swallows, Rooks, and all the usual suspects around the centre.
After an hour and a half we enjoyed a pleasant coffee, with the added bonus of sitting outside just a few feet beneath a Canada Goose flight path.
Perhaps the prettiest (wild) bird of the day was a particularly confiding male Reed Bunting.