First swallows, first sedge warblers of spring

Yesterday, again to the “Baillon’s crake reserve”.

In the northern part: shoveler, shelducks, teal, tufted ducks.

Still scores of black-tailed godwits, but less than some time ago, as they migrate on to their breeding grounds.


A male and a female ruff. The male already has a white head. But no spring collar yet. A collar would mean extra weight during migration. So, it will really grow after the male ruff will have reached its breeding ground.

This video says about itself:

A ruff trying out its aggresive pose on some small stones.

Four snipe looking inconspicuous along a bank.

Three hares in the northern meadow.

Also Canada, grey lag, and Egyptian geese; and a male and a female gadwall.

A black swan flying, then swimming. It is half of the couple, nesting near the southern lake.

Contrary to last time, I see now more than one grey lag geese couple with goslings. Some of the goslings try to dive in the canal.

A wren sings. The first barn swallows of this spring fly around, twittering.

South of the bridge, the first sedge warblers of this spring are singing.

Two little grebes swimming in the ditch, past a coot nest.

The non-nesting coot brings plant material to its nesting partner.

In the northern part: two little ringed plovers.

In the southern part: a male reed bunting taking soft material from an old reedstem’s top to line its nest.

On the banks of the southern lake: resting teal, little ringed plovers.

A blue tit on a reedstem, taking soft material for its nest.

A female mallard with ducklings. Edible frog sound.

Between the cormorants of the northern lake: common gulls and lesser black-backed gulls.

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