More starlings, gulls and a ferruginous duck.

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Starlings

Yesterday (25th) evening saw the starlings performing west of Ibsley Water again, viewable from any of the three hides on the northern part of the reserve. Murmurations were brief between 3.50pm and 4.15. Sorry this is late news, been a bit too busy to blog until now. Ibsley Water also had the usual large numbers of gulls, as well a several hundred wigeon and at least 400 lapwing.

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Starlings and roosting gulls in the foreground

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Ibsley Water sunset

Reported today (26th) were bittern, green sandpiper and great white egret on Ivy Lake. Rough estimates of 6000 black-headed gulls and 4000 lesser black-backed gulls were in to roost on Ibsley Water.

We have been getting a lot of questions about the drake ferruginous duck on Kingfisher lake lately, it can be seen associating with mallard, gadwall and tufted duck along the south and south eastern side of the lake. Viewing is just about possible through small gaps in the hedge from the public footpath at the end of Hurst Road. But please note this is a privately owned lake and is not managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

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