There is now ten possibly twelve young lapwing on the shore line of Ibsley Water with 6 now able to fly. Three are still very tiny, here is a photo of one I took on Friday morning but didn’t get around to posting it.
In the flat calm conditions this morning it was nice seeing geese, coots, grebes, lapwing and a little ringed plover in front of Tern Hide, I managed to get a half decent photograph of a greylag goose with a great crested grebe in the background.
After unlocking the hides and filling up the feeders, volunteer Caroline, assistant education officer Tracy and I headed over to the paths between the Lapwing and Goosander Hides to rake up grass after the paths were strimmed last week. It was very hot but we got the task completed and then went for a wander to see if any wildlife was around. We found pecock butterfly caterpillars feeding on nettles, a little egret in front of Lapwing Hide, marbled white butterflies and the first ringlet butterflies I’ve seen this year.
I was also pleased to see at least 9 common tern chicks from on the rafts on Ivy Lake. I suspect there are more hiding from the heat under the wooden shelters on the rafts, made by local hero and regular volunteer Geoff Knott. My highest count of adult common terns is 45 adults, so I think there is probably 22-23 nesting pairs currently on Ivy Lake, and there seems to be one singleton spending a lot of time sitting on the islands on the fat of Ibsley Water.
I sure lots of visitors will also be pleased to know that the lower footpath to Lapwing hide has finally dried out and is now passable without welly boots, although possibly not for that long as rain is currently forecast for later in the week!