Yesterday I helped to lead a trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve for a small group of Junior and Year 7 pupils from my school. We spent 2 and a half hours at the reserve in the morning, and the weather was very kind to us, making the morning a great success. A total of 38 bird species were spotted or heard; some of the best birds we enjoyed watching were Common Terns, fishing Great Crested Grebes, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, singing Blackcaps, Egyptian Geese, and a singing Lesser Whitethroat was definitely the highlight of the day for me - especially because I only saw my first ever Lesser Whitethroat three days before!
Spending some time in the Sand Martin hide allowed us to get very close views of these agile birds as they fed and entered their nests, which was an unusual and special experience for the pupils. One Junior school girl was constantly asking me questions about what birds were and what they looked like, and enjoyed flicking through my field guide. One particular question she asked made me chuckle: "Why is it that when people are fat they aren't cute, but when birds are fat they're so adorable?"
We also saw Peacock and Speckled Wood butterflies, Blue-tailed damselflies, and one girl found this stunning Small Magpie moth:
The morning was fantastic, the pupils were so enthusiastic and (I hope) learnt a lot - I am very much looking forward to leading another school wildlife trip in the not too distant future.
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.