Yesterday’s waders and today’s neck ache

Yesterday a good range of wader species were seen on Ibsley Water, including greensank, little ringed plover, snipe, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and the highlight was a spotted redshank, that was amazingly walking around on a mass of floating weed about half a kilometre out in the centre of the lake. Unfortunately it didn’t hang around long and headed off high to the south, just after 9am.

I had pretty decent views of a little grebe chick being feed by it’s parent when I unlocked Tern hide this morning, it is not often they stay close to the hide, they normally move off when the windows are opened.

Little grebe feeding chick

Little grebe feeding chick

little grebe chick

little grebe chick

The moth trap was much busier this morning than previous nights, with highlights being copper underwing, engrailed, dusky thorn and canary shouldered thorn. Not the best light for photography but I got a reasonable picture of a common white wave on the education centre wall.

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Common white wave

A big thank you goes to the Trust’s Solent Reserve team for allowing us to use their extendible 6 metre long pole saw. Adam and I spent today using it remove dead branches hanging over footpaths and roads on the reserve edges, we both have neck ache now!

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Adam pole sawing a dead alder branch

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