Arctic terns on Ibsley Water

With the recent wet and windy weather I had hoped that it would bring some migrant birds to the reserve, I am always keen for something unusual on Ibsley Water in the mornings. But when I looked out of Tern Hide in the morning I disappointed as there was very little out there. However during the day three juvenile Arctic terns and Two black-necked grebes turned up on Ibsley Water. This morning there was still one Arctic tern, one grebe and a male ruddy duck. Also reported today but not seen by me was an osprey at 10.50am and four common sandpipers. I did not manage to photograph any of the terns or grebes they were too distant, all I have to offer are these shots of some teal and shovelers sleeping in the rain, and a grey heron at Lapwing hide.

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Teal (left) and shovelers

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Teal, shovelers and black-headed gulls

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Grey heron

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us continue with willow clearance at Ivy North Hide, the task is now finished and looks brilliant. Below are a couple of before and after photos.

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Before

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After

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