Bird News: Ibsley Water – black-necked grebe 2, goosander 22+, little ringed plover 1, common gull c30. Ivy Lake – sand martin 7. Woodland – brambling 3.
I travelled to Blashford in bright sunshine but arrived to find the lakes swathed in fog. I could hardly see the shore of the lake from the Tern hide, although I was more preoccupied with trying to sort out the gates following yet another break in to the old Hanson block plant. unfortunately the favoured access route is through our gates which are damaged to varying degrees each time.
Luckily by the time I went to open the Ivy Lake hides the mist was clearing to reveal at least 7 sand martin. A singing chiffchaff added to the springlike feel.
I headed back to continue sorting out the gates and was quickly working in bright sunshine. I had a quick look out from the Tern hide and saw that there are now 2 lapwing taking up territory in front of the hide.
I spent much of the day around the Centre and so saw at least 2 brambling on the screen in the lobby, in fact there must have been three today as there were two males and a female. As far as I know there were no reports of the mealy redpoll today.
Going to lock up the hides at the end of the day the wild daffodils by the Woodland hide were looking very good in the low sunshine.
In fact it was a very yellow afternoon as beside the Ivy South hide a small gorse bush was flowering brilliantly, this one did not smell as strongly of coconut as many do, but it looked good.
The best was saved until last today, when I finally went to lock the Tern hide I saw 2 black-necked grebe, somewhat distant but in magnificent plumage now and with their golden ear-tufts catching the low sun. Even better perhaps was the arrival, at last, of the first little ringed plover of the spring.