Most of the day has been really miserable! Dull, grey, with the odd hint of drizzle. The sun is out now!
Anyway I decided there was no point going far so I went to a small Essex Wildlife Trust reserve called Aubrey Buxton. Its a small woodland reserve with a few ponds. Highlights were a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.
And then to Rye Meads. The car park was packed, apparently the Kingfisher was due to fledge. I never bothered to get into the hide as it would be full of people with long lenses sitting there for ages. I saw him later on with a fish flying down the river.
Lots of young birds about. I was pleased that there were 2 Terns but not sure they'll breed. There was a Little Ringed Plover.
You have to admit that Coots are wonderful parents.
I some my first young coots in a particular spot on HMWT reserve part of the reserve and in the same spot but older?