...with the sound of music. Apart from an amusing diversion to Portland on Bank Holiday Monday, my birding over the long weekend was dominated by warbler song around Wareham. Reed Warblers were the most numerous, with 47 singing males around the perimeters of the Bestwall reserve and the main gravel pit at Swineham.
|Sedge Warbler: the song is often said to have a jazzy feel compared to the more rhythmic percussion of Reed Warbler. This one was also indulging in some enthusiastic song-flight.|
|Reed Warbler: last week most of the singing Reed Warblers remained unseen. This week they were more showy - perhaps getting a bit more desperate among the fierce competition at Bestwall.|
|Cetti's Warbler - defying the Cetti's Warbler rulebook by giving any view at all|
|Reed Bunting also numerous at the moment - 10 singing males around Swineham|
|This Long-tailed Tit was not long out of the nest|
Warblers weren't the only interest on the patch though: a pair of Whimbrel defied the Whimbrel rule-book by flying conveniently over-head for some photos; the first Swifts of the year entertained with screaming displays; and trios of Garganey and Egyptian Goose added a touch of class and trash respectively.
|A touch of class: two of three drake Garganey I saw at Swineham this weekend|
|And a touch of trash: Egyptian Geese at Swineham|
|I fancied finding a rare heron in the reedbeds this weekend - but Grey Heron and Little Egret were the only ones in evidence.|
|I don't know my snails but this one has some intricate markings|