Bird News: Ibsley Water – sand martin c10, water pipit 1, little ringed plover 2. Ivy Silt Pond – Cetti’s warbler 1.
Another “Butterfly Day” warm and sunny, but still quiet for birds. A couple of sand martin were seen visiting the bank at the Goosander hide, but other migrants were restricted to a few chiffchaff, blackcap and a couple of little ringed plover. It was pleasing to see the first sitting lapwing of the season, just to the east of the Tern hide.
Unfortunately the fine weather also brought out a lot of wandering persons, some obviously angler baiting up swims for poaching others just not aware of where they are. Worryingly two were in areas used by ground nesting birds, sadly the illegal angling in particular results in nest loss as they will come in at night and stay for hours. They are also involved in illegal fish movements and thefts which spread disease and alien species, this fringe element of angling is actually a serious environmental threat, but one that is hard to tackle (sorry about that!).
I saw rather little on my way around the reserve as I opened up, but a group of 5 roe deer by the badger sett were quite approachable and I got a picture of them, there really are five, honest.
At the Ivy South hide a pair of lesser black backed gulls were on one of the less successful of our rafts, alright one that didn’t work, but that is how you learn! The female carries a blue ring on the right leg engraved in white with AP, I have seen this bird each spring for at least four years, they stay around and show signs of wanting to breed but always go in the end without seeming to do anything, I will look up the details and post them tomorrow if I remember.
The butterflies were out in force again with peacock, small tortoiseshell, comma, red admiral, green-veined white and orange tip all seen and what I feel sure was a holly blue as well.
Forecast for tomorrow is once again “Scorchio” but then it is Volunteer Thursday, so rain was never likely!