Breeding successes.

My first look at MarstonSTW  for ten days or so.It always surprises me how quickly things can change in the bird world.Ducks in a well advanced eclipse stage,the first returning waders and teals,(most likely non breeders),and chicks everywhere.Yesterday GW had a green sandpiper and today a snipe appeared.Does this mean we can now expect a steady stream of waders,with odd Nearctic birds or rarities thrown in? Don’t hold your breath.Curlew and oyc and little ringed plover still around.P1000505It was all about breeding birds today,and the signs are that it’s been pretty good in most cases.Two very young great spotted woodpeckers were in the willows,along with an adult cuckoo.Reed and sedge warblers and common whitethroats all had offspring.I spent some time in the hide gawping at chicks and going ‘aarh,cute.’There were greylags,mallards,coots and moorhens,all in various stages of development.P1000503P1000482P1000513P1000520P1000517P1000518