Things looked sleepy as I turned onto the farm track , and spotted my first Brown Hare in the field before entering the reserve .
In the first ditch along the track , a Grey Heron hardly moved as I passed by . Even Warren's mate hadn't got out of bed yet .All along the track , there were good numbers of Redshank
and Lapwing , feeding or displaying . It was good to see all the scrapes full of water as well as the ditches . Halfway along the track , the 'jangle of keys' , a song I haven't hear for quite some time caught my attention . I stopped and photographed this singing Corn Bunting , then a little further along the track , found another three singing in a small tree .Nearing the car park , four ears caught my attention in the long grass , two vertical on the left and two horizontal on the right . I turned the engine off and sat and watched the pair . Eventually the came out of cover , with the male with just one thing on his mind , as he followed every move the female made . After about 10 minutes , the female raced off across the field behind , with the male in hot persuit , and disappeared out of view .Reaching the car park , a look over the scrape behind , showed a surprising number of Wigeon that are still on the reserve , and one of a large number of Little Egrets that were seen today .
To be continued .