Black and Yellow

A quick update only today. Today at last saw us get our first black tern of the autumn, sadly they only stayed a few minutes and I missed them but a group of four is good and hopefully there will be more to come. When I have opened the Tern hide the last couple of days there have been lots of wagtails, mostly pied but yesterday 3 and today 4 yellow wagtail, not common birds here. The osprey from the weekend has been seen everyday until today, and I suspect that it was the “large bird” seen by a visitor to the west of Ibsley Water that flushed lots of grey heron, so I am pretty sure it is still around.

Hopefully more to report tomorrow.

A Little, Common News

Not much to report today, highlights were a first summer little gull and a common tern, the latter was also reported yesterday. Two pairs of shelduck on Ibsley Water were good to see, they nest most years somewhere on or near the reserve, but don’t seem to be very successful, small ducklings are often seen but fledged ones very rarely. Otherwise there seemed little change from when I was last on the reserve on Saturday.

If you are planning to visit tomorrow you might want to avoid the Tern hide/Goosander hide area as we will be doing some digger work  at the base of the spit to rough up the compacted gravel surface to make it more suitable for nesting waders like lapwing and little ringed plover. Both species are present nearby but not yet nesting, so a bit more habitat might be welcome.

If you are coming to see In Focus, they should be on hand in the Tern hide as usual, the birds may just be a bit further away, so more of a test for the optics!