Update 2

Busy day on the reserve today, presumably because fewer people want to brave the weather tomorrow – Which is a shame if that is the case because the pop up cafe will be back in the classroom all day!

Wildlife Watch had a great session on birds with leaders David and Simon this morning, with an owl ID game to start followed by a visit to the Woodland Hide, microscope study of feathers whilst they learnt how they worked and finishing with an owl pellet dissection. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month – see the website for more details!

Out on the reserve visitors in the right place at the right time were able to see firecrest, bittern, water rail, redwing, siskin, ringbilled gull and up to three brambling. At the end of the day there was a murmuration of c. 2000 birds over Mockbeggar North Lakes and a petite but lovely display of c. 500 birds over the lichen heath which settled in to the reedbeds to the front and right of Ivy North Hide. Walter, the great white egret was seen on Ivy Lake this morning first thing, but seems to have spent the day elsewhere. Ivy South Hide gave regular great views of kingfisher through out the day yesterday, but were keeping out of the way today!

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4 thoughts on “Update 2

  1. Jim,

    I spotted Walter with some cormorant chums at the Ivy North hide (the one with windows that don’t open) around about 3pm yesterday. He flew off to the left not long before an awful lot of people arrived. He must have heard them coming. The kingfisher also appeared a couple of times. Plus there was a redwing I spotted down near the Woodland hide. So not a bad afternoon!

    Caroline

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  2. Hello Jim,
    I live approx. 60 miles away, but visit once or twice a year.
    I am keen to see Brambling, Redpoll and Siskin at the feeders/woodland hide,
    are they regularly present now?
    Thanks,
    Don.

    • Hi Don,

      Thank you for your email. Siskin are present throughout the year, albeit in small numbers outside of the autumn and winter months, but are not yet coming to the feeders in any numbers but rather are still keeping to the naturally available food in the canopy. There have been small numbers (up to three at a time) of brambling since late last year but redpoll are still noticeable by their absence with just occasional reports of single birds since the new year. Possibly not what you want to hear, but hope that helps! Jim

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