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Spring has arrived at last at Rye Meads RSPB Reserve, with a lovely warm and sunny afternoon. As usual, my thanks to members of the excellent Wild About Britain Forum for their help in identifying many of my flowers and insects.
It was nice to see so many Bee-flies all over the reserve. They are one of my favorite insects, and can hover in front of flowers like hummingbirds and sip nectar through their long proboscis.

The first butterflies were on the wing, with a Brimstone and a male Orange-tip in addition to the photographed ones:
Small White
The Comma

This psychedelic fly belongs to the Tachnid family:
Gymnocheta viridis

Two of the early hoverflies:
Anasimyia lineata
Eristalis intricarius

With its delicate flowers, the Blackthorn is usually the first tree in bloom:

Some of the other Spring flowers:
Red Dead-nettle
Marsh Marigold
Lesser Celendine

Wavy Bittercress


The birds were getting ready as well – this fine drake Pochard has its ruby-red eye on the female:

Once again, the Kestrels have moved into the nest box in front of the Kingfisher hide – the male is in the box with the female waiting on top:

Once again, my thanks to the members of the Wild About Britain Forum for their help with identification.
  All Photographs © Brian Price except where stated