Nesting platforms and perches

On Thursday last week some of our regular volunteers put together some nesting platforms using old life rings. They consisted of a life ring buoy, some coconut matting, willow branches, cable ties, a chain and lump of concrete for an anchor. 

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Nesting platform

In the afternoon Adam and I took the boat out and deployed 4 nesting platforms on Ivy Lake and 1 on Ivy Silt pond. In the past coot and great crested grebes have nested on them so hopefully they will this year. We’ve had a sighting of great crested grebe on one already.

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Nesting platform on Ivy Lake

In front of Ivy North Hide there used to be a dead branch stood up in the water and sunk into the lake bed, it had become know as the osprey perch as 2 or 3 twices ospreys had been seen on it. Unfortunately a storm back in November did away with it, so while we were out in the boat we took the opportunity to replace it. We used a specially chosen oak branch and stood it in place of the original. Hopefully it’ll last a lot longer as the original was willow, which is far softer than oak. Please let us know if you see anything perching on it.

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New osprey perch viewed from Ivy North Hide

Yesterday was an excellent day for birds with 2 black-necked grebes, 2 dunlin, ruff, redshank, little ringed plover, 2 little gulls and a marsh harrier all reported from the Tern hide. Today around 400 black-tailed godwits and a white wagtail were on Ibsley Water, an osprey was seen passing high over the reserve and the first willow warbler of the year was singing near Ivy North hide. 

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2 thoughts on “Nesting platforms and perches

  1. Hi,

    I was closing up the water ski club yesterday (31st) and two VERY noisy med gulls were flying overhead by the gate. I noticed no mention of med gull recently so I thought you’d like to know.

    • Thanks for the record Matt – it’s always good to know what visitors are seeing (and in this case, hearing!).I’m reasonably confidenmt Ed was aware of these, but we’d rather know something twice than not at all!

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