Perches, daffodils and platforms

Our volunteers have again been super busy this week. On Wednesday Ed, Adam and volunteer Zoe ventured out onto Ivy Lake and positioned some new perches in the water, close to Ivy North Hide. Thanks David for capturing this ‘at work’ photo and emailing it across to us.

Ed, Adam and volunteer Zoe outside the front of Ivy North Hide by David Cuddon

Ed, Adam and volunteer Zoe outside the front of Ivy North Hide by David Cuddon

Yesterday our Thursday volunteer group were hard at work removing garden daffodils from the reserve, primarily north of Ellingham Drove, to avoid any cross-pollination with our native variety. Our wild daffodils are in full bloom and brightening up the woodland edges with a splash of yellow.

Volunteers digging up the garden daffodils

Volunteers digging up the garden daffodils

Wild daffodils growing on the northern side of Ellingham Drove

Wild daffodils growing on the northern side of Ellingham Drove

This morning, Ed and I ventured back out onto Ivy Lake to hopefully make the nesting platforms more appealing. In the past coot and great crested grebes have used them and we’re hoping they will do again this year. We fastened some new branches on to the existing rings, trailing some into the water and inserting others upwards to hopefully deter any gulls from pinching such a welcoming nesting spot.

Grebe raft

Nesting platform on Ivy Lake

Tying new branches to Grebe raft

Tying new branches to the nesting platform

The finished raft

The finished platform

Thanks also to David Cuddon and Paul Winter for sending in some photos of their recent sightings on the reserve. In addition to the reserve team hard at work, and rather fittingly after this morning’s task, David had caught this image of two great crested grebes displaying.

Great crested grebes by David Cuddon

Great crested grebes by David Cuddon

 

Redshank by David Cuddon

Redshank by David Cuddon

 

Long tailed duck by David Cuddon

Long tailed duck by David Cuddon

 

Long tailed duck by Paul Winter

Long tailed duck on Ivy Lake by Paul Winter

 

Black necked grebes by Paul Winter

Black necked grebes on Ibsley Water by Paul Winter

Thanks again for some stunning images!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Perches, daffodils and platforms

  1. Today, 30th, there was a Swallow over Ibsley Water at 2:55 and ten minutes earlier three Red Kite from Tern Hide, the latter blocked on Going birding.

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