This morning Bob and I carried out a wildfowl and wader count of every lake in the Blashford complex, not just the lakes managed by the Trust. Thankfully we managed to avoid the worst of the rain and counted a reasonable number of birds. Hightlights were great white egret, black-necked grebe, dunlin, green sandpiper, 2 ringed plover, 3 snipe, 171 lapwing and 5 kingfishers. The most numerous species was coot with 728 individuals logged, a number that should rise over the next few months. We carry out these counts once a month between September and March, using the same viewing areas to count each lake. The Trust has been carrying out counts here for 20 years so we have quite big data set on birds using the lakes now, something that is invaluable in protecting the future of the lakes for wildlife.
Perhaps the most pleasing sighting was 3 common terns all sat together on our new osprey perch in Ibsley Water, always good to see something appreciating the effort that went into erecting it. The perch is getting a bit of list now with herring gull, lesser black-backed gull, black-headed gull, black tern, common tern and sand martin all been seen sitting on it, but no osprey yet! Not that we know of anyway, hopefully one will one day, but I’m very pleased with the sightings we’ve had of birds using it so far particularly the terns. I wonder which species will land on it next?