Melodiuos Warbler at Marsh Lane

Friday 19th June 2015
Melodious Warbler - posing nicely
I travelled to the West Midlands this afternoon to meet up with Paul Fitzgerald and do a bit of a twitch. After eight days, the singing male MELODIOUS WARBLER at Marsh Lane, near Hampton in Arden, was thankfully still present. A very obliging bird, and regularly singing its incredibly varied song, it was a real joy to observe. Further interest was provided by a Hobby overhead and a Painted Lady.
It favoured a perch near the top of the foliage
Singing for quite extended periods - the song full of mimicry
What a beauty
 
The MW favours these bushes, along the bridleway east of the A452 at GR SP227803, south of Mill Covert:
Habitat view
After having our fill, Paul took me to the fantastic nearby Marsh Lane Nature Reserve. The best bird here was a summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe, present for its second day on Railway Pool. We had to avoid parking in the car park as a Little Ringed Plover pair had set up home right in the middle of it. Although the nest is protected by a cage, I'm not sure it's the safest of nest sites.
It was a bit distant, and elusive at times, but I got this record shot from Oak Hide
Little Ringed Plover
Railway Pool viewed from Oak Hide
Another highlight was the Orchids: Common Twayblade, Southern Marsh Orchid and Common Spotted Orchid. The latter were a particularly spectacular display.
Common Twayblade
Common Twayblade
Southern Marsh Orchid - just coming into flower
More advanced Southern Marsh Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Several Common Spotted Orchids

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