This morning I went to check on the sand martin wall to see how much work we need to do on it latter in the week. On the way I saw a couple of good birds. First was a yellowhammer, perched at the top of a willow outside Goosander Hide. This species is incredibly scarce on the reserve with just 4 previous dated sightings, the last being in April 2008.
The other was a very distant red kite, high over Ibsley Common to the east of the reserve.
I also disturbed a basking adder, it disappeared before I could get a photo but this is the first record this year as far as I’m aware. Easier to photograph were the coltsfoot flowers, one of the earliest sources of nectar on the reserve.