Two red-crested pochard turned up on Ivy Lake today and were photographed by Geoff Miller. Whether they’re genuinely wild or escaped from a captive wildfowl collection is anyone’s guess as this species is fairly common in captivity. Never the less a nice species to see and the first on the reserve since April 2014. The birds were still present when we locked Ivy North Hide this evening so hopefully they will stick around for a bit longer.
Other reports today included ring-billed gull, slavonian grebe and green sandpiper on Ibsley Water.
Tern hide car park has drained off a bit over today and the hide is now accessible with welly boots on. We will report on the situation again tomorrow morning.