March in to Spring!

The bittern was fishing outside Ivy North as usual this morning. We have got so used to these fantastic views that I haven’t actually taken any photographs yet and time is surely running out as they will soon be leaving us to fly north. So today  I decided the moment had come to attempt a snap shot and of course the bittern performed beautifully!

Bittern fishing

Bittern fishing

Something seemed to catch the bittern’s eye so it stretched up for a better look and as it did so the feathers raised up on the top of its head to form a stylish Mohican!

Bittern

Bittern

Over at the woodland hide an equally handsome bird was also posing rather well as it squared up to its equally handsome reflection. The pheasant always makes me smile and later on in the day he appeared at the front door of the Centre. His neck feathers are looking absolutely spectacular at the moment, shimmering with red, blue and green.

Pheasant

Pheasant

Spring is a very yellow time of the year as the following flowers reflect; they are like drops of sunshine on a grey day.

Wild Daffodils

Wild Daffodils

As I went to pick up some more niger seed I was greeted by this same group of daffodils again; but this time they were on the front page of the Ringwood & Fordingbridge News! So they are celebrities now!

Wild Daffodils

Wild Daffodils

The gorse is blooming lovely; it was noticeably free from any invertebrates though which was surprising after the swarms that appeared in yesterday’s sunshine. We even saw our first bumblebee yesterday which was very exciting!

Gorse

Gorse

The primrose dotted around the site are still flowering too.

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The gull roost on Ibsley Water is still quite impressive with a group of Mediterranean gulls amongst them. There is also a substantial flock of black-tailed godwits.

Yesterday was a wonderfully warm and sunny day; it certainly felt like spring was in the air. A welcome sight and sound of spring is that of the lapwings that have started to display over Ibsley Water. Listen out for their brilliant calls and flip floppy flight pattern as you approach Tern Hide.  Another sign of spring is the frogspawn that was spotted by Kevin over in the flooded pool by Lapwing Hide.

We had the most unusual sighting yesterday as we walked with a visiting school through the woods by the Centre. As we looked up at the skyline through the trees we thought at first glance we had spotted the first sand martin of the year but in actual fact it was a bat! Probably a pipistrelle or brown long eared bat that had got too warm in its roost and had had to leave. Hopefully it was worth its while though given the swarms of flies that had also emerged with the warm weather.

Most of the wigeon seem to have gone now but there are still quite a few teal and shoveler about. In the woodland the redpoll, siskin and brambling are still here too.

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