First bittern of the autumn (and a merlin!).

A beautiful autumn day with some excellent birds seen (sadly not by me!). A good supporting cast of roe deer, fallow deer, red foxes, wasp spiders and red admirals were seen in various areas parts of the reserve too.

Birds reported from the hide log books today:

Ibsley Water: 2 green sandpipers, common sandpiper, merlin (Goosander hide), great white egret (Tern hide).

Ivy lake: 2 water rail, 2 kingfishers, green sandpiper, little egret, bittern (Ivy south hide).

Fantastic news of the bittern seen from Ivy south hide during the afternoon. It flew into the reed on the far south-east side of the lake, hopefully it’ll hang around. Elsewhere on the reserve there has been plenty of fly over redwings, fieldfares, meadow pipits and siskins.

Thank you to all visitors who wrote their sitings in the hide log books, it really does help us to know what is around and even writing the commoner species in the book can affect how we manage the habitats on the reserve, if you’re really keen counts are even more helpful!

The last couple days we have been carrying out lots of tasks will various volunteer teams, I’ll update the blog about this tomorrow.

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