Last year one pair tried to breed but were unsuccessful. This year two pair are holding territory and hopefully in time the birds will have some chicks to rear, which will be a first for the reserve.
Oystercatchers have bred at the reserve for the last few years and at the end of April, three small chicks were seen with their parents.
As in past years the adults are very good at protecting their young from predators and have been able to raise them to full juvenile status.
Summer migrants have been arriving throughout the month with Swallow, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Reed and Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Redstart and Chiffchaff.
There has been a few Cuckoos in the area which I have heard but not yet seen.
Hopefully I will see them and with luck get a photo or two.
The camera sighted in the bird box on my garden wall now has nine Blue Tit eggs. The female has been incubating for about a week, so it wont be long before the chicks appear.