Some Birds, Winter is Coming

Although we are still mostly waiting for the winter birds to arrive and as a result the reserve seems quiet at present, yesterday saw two significant reports. On Ibsley Water, close to the Tern hide a Slavonian grebe was giving good views, this small grebe is much rarer inland than black-necked grebe and was a welcome addition, being the first since the reserve was established. The second record of note was the reappearance of the drake ferrunginous duck on Ivy Lake, after having first been seen a couple of weeks ago on the lakes to the north of Ibsley village. It is most probably the same bird that has been returning for the last few winters. The move tot he north by the winds made the day much colder and was perhaps also the reason for there being several redwing around in the tree tops near the Centre. Perhaps things are picking up……………..


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