This morning I was very kindly invited to join the Wildlife Trusts' Lucy McRobert for a short live interview on BBC Radio Nottingham, about the 30 Days Wild campaign. We did the interview in the sunshine by the canal, with Canada Geese and a Moorhen family in the background, and it was a really fun experience. You can listen to it here - Lucy & I come in at 2:16, and I start talking at 2:25.
I then went to Attenborough Nature Reserve for the afternoon, and I had a really great time. Whilst walking to the first hide I thought I heard a Lesser Whitethroat, a song which I have recently committed to memory in the hope of finally adding it to my life list. So after a short wait, it showed itself quite close - lifer! I watched it for a while, then had it close again as I came back down the path after leaving the hide. A walk round the reserve produced a total of 44 species, with other highlights of Common Terns, Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Sedge & Reed Warblers, very close Tree Sparrows, Common & Red-crested Pochards, and Sand Martins.
With the aim of improving my field sketching skills, I sat at a picnic table and was soon surrounded by Canada Geese, Mallards, and the odd Egyptian Goose and Red-crested Pochard. I decided to sketch the head of a Canada Goose, and it was the first time I've been successful in sketching birds that are moving a lot (usually I stick to sleeping waders/wildfowl/gulls because they're much easier to draw!). Whilst I was drawing I had a Mallard pecking at my ankles, and there were some very bold Moorhens and Coots pottering around. I had left my stuff on the picnic table for all of 5 minutes to take a closer look at some feeding Tree Sparrows, and looked back to find a Moorhen investigating my pencil case!
As I was heading back to the train station, I heard a rustle in the hedge beside me. So I peered in and found an extremely close Cetti's Warbler going about it's business! I watched it for a short while, and then realised there were two birds in the hedge... and the other one was another Lesser Whitethroat! It came within a metre of me as it hopped from branch to branch - what a delightful encounter.
The weather was glorious, and it was such a splendid way to spend my first day of not having to go to school!
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.