Reflections of autumn…

Ivy Silt Pond

Nothing of particular note to report on today, but it definitely seemed more autumnal, hence the photo that somehow fails to capture the atmosphere of actually being here! I don’t know if it was just because it was particularly grey this morning that the autumn tree colour seemed especially striking, but even on my way into work across the Forest it seemed that the tree’s had really turned overnight.

The bitterns continue to elude me, and actually today, for the first time in a few days, they seem to have eluded everyone else too, though they that stuck it out in hope were rewarded by the usual views of water rail, Cetti’s warbler, gadwall, tufted duck, shoveller, pochard, mallard, coot, moorhen, cormorant and great crested grebe. Not sure that they were consolation for the missed bittern however.

The Woodland Hide continues to be popular and is certainly getting more and more feathered visitors as each week goes by – both brambling and redpoll were among the more exciting and unusual visitors that stood out as having become more numerous today.



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