Reed bunting, godwits, hares

Along the ditch near the railway track, common butterbur flowers.

Today, to the nature reserve where Baillon’s crakes have nested. Coltsfoot flowers.

Near the entrance, a male reed bunting is sitting on an old yellow reed stem, singing. This is my first reed bunting this spring.

This is a reed bunting video.

Grey lag geese and tufted ducks in the ditches. A Canada goose flying overhead.

Quite some teal. Lapwings.

A male shoveler. A male common pochard.

A little grebe flies not far above the water. Then, it hides in a reedbed.

Many coots and moorhens. Magpies.

Oystercatchers. Gadwall ducks.

In the northern lake, the number of black-tailed godwits has increased to maybe 400. Sometimes, they all take flight, calling: very impressive.

Great cormorants. Black-headed and lesser black-backed gulls.

A blue tit on a tree. On the other side of the big canal, Egyptian geese and oystercatchers.

In the northern meadow, a hare. Then, another hare jumps from the dike across the ditch to the northern meadow. It starts cleaning its pelt. It is March, and the hares behave like real “March hares” in their mating season: they run after each other, not minding that they come close to me. Then, a third hare.

On the lake bank near the railway, a white stork.

Shovelers. Shelducks. If you look closely between the many black-tailed godwits, you discover a few redshanks.

Near the bridge linking the two parts of the reserve, a great crested grebe nest in a reedbed.

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