Spring sightings and a shrike up the road.

Ibsley Water: Oystercatcher 2, red-crested pochard 1, goosander 39

Woodland Hide: marsh tit, reed bunting, mealy redpoll 2

Ivy lake: green sandpiper, water rail

2 Red kites were seen from the Goosander hide on Sunday, even coming down to drink from Ibsley Water, and singles were reported from the Tern hide on Monday and Tuesday. Chiffchaffs have been singing on the reserve since Monday with at least four birds present, but the hoped for sand martins haven’t turned up yet, maybe tomorrow…

Not on the reserve but just up the road, I have seen a great grey shrike on Rockford Common the last 2 evenings at about 5.30pm. I managed to take this poor photo of it.

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Great grey shrike, Rockford Common, 11/3/14

Finally if you are visiting the reserve tomorrow morning, the reserve volunteers will be filling up potholes in the track to the education centre so please use the Tern Hide car park.

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One thought on “Spring sightings and a shrike up the road.

  1. Hello. Came to Blashford today. Have been in past with RSPB group from Weston Super Mare but just myself and friend. We both agreed a good day with plenty of individual species seen. My highlights of the day were male goldeneye and at least 35 Pintail seen out on point from Gooseander hide. When we go to Slimbridge we occasionally see a couple so good to see large numbers. Regards Grahame

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