May was a fantastic month, not just weather-wise, but also with a number of interesting visitors that arrived on the reserve.

The distinctive call of a cuckoo was heard and a scaup and a flock of 40 whimbrel were also seen at the beginning of the month.

            Cuckoo

            Scaup

            Whimbrel

Towards the end of May, a Marsh Harrier and Black-tailed Godwit were spotted.

            Marsh harrier

            Black-tailed godwit

We've also had encouraging sightings of the osprey, (first seen in April), with staff, volunteers and visitors keeping their fingers firmly crossed that we'll have a breeding pair in years to come.

            Osprey

Other birds recorded in May:

Little grebe
Great crested grebe
Cormorant
Grey heron
Mute swan
Greylag goose
Canada goose
Teal
Mallard
Shoveler
Pochard
Tufted duck
Scaup
Goldeneye
Goosander
Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Osprey
Kestrel
Pheasant
Water rail
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Snipe
Black-tailed godwit
Whimbrel
Curlew
Common sandpiper
Black-headed gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Herring gull
Wood pigeon
Collared dove
Cuckoo
Swift
Kingfisher
Great spotted woodpecker
Sand martin
Swallow
House martin
Grey wagtail
Pied wagtail
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Song thrush
Grasshopper warbler
Sedge warbler
Whitethroat
Garden warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow warbler
Goldcrest
Spotted flycatcher
Long-tailed tit
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion crow
Raven
Starling
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Lesser redpoll
Bullfinch
Reed bunting

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