Rodley Nature Reserve was thronging with visitors, highlights on the wildlife front were 5 Grey Heron at the waters edge & buds and blossom around the Reserve. On the ponds, Cormorants settled on the island, joined waterside by Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Coot, Mallard & Reed Bunting amongst the rushes. A whistlestop at the Manager's Garden where Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Reed Bunting visited the feeders before we refuelled with cuppa at the Visitors Centre.
A blurry Reed Bunting, followed by a less blurry sketch.
Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria. Like damp shade, deciduous environments. Can be eaten in salads, buds can be pickled & eaten as capers, the early leaves are high in Vitamin C. Leaves are a glossy dark green & heart shaped. The plant is an important source of early nectar.
On the way back stopped for a quick trot around Bramley Falls Park, caught sight of Mistle Thrush, Wren, Blue Tit, Chaffinch.