Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wed 28 March update

The fog has persisted until midday for the last three days. On Monday & Tuesday there was a pair of Wigeon on 'Lilypads', giving close views. Also a pair of Gadwall. DK had a male Blackcap singing on Tuesday, the first since the ivy berries were finished. A R-C Pochard was also on the main lake. Tufted numbers jumped back up to 8 on Wednesday. Also 2 Sand Martins over mid-morning. Visitors have remarked on the lovely "sum plum" of the three Little Grebes that remain.
First grass cut took place on Tuesday.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday 25th March 2007

Yet another early start this morning for some Otter spotting. Did hear some Otters on the island to the left of kramer hide but they didn't come out for their photo's to be taken. Also had a couple of nice Kingfisher fly pasts.

Had a very nice guided walk this morning, highlights were a pair of Teal on Fingers. The Sparrowhawks were visiting the nest regularly with new nesting material and the male took timeout to chase a small bird but he missed out on his breakfast. Had a Treecreeper by the navigation channel behind Kramer hide and a Mistle Thrush singing across Kings Mead. There were a couple of Muntjac in the Rough.

When we got around to the main lake hide there were a couple of huge juvenile gulls over the lake. Having looked at my book and going by their size I'm pretty certain they were first winter Great Black-backs. Plenty of other stuff including loads of singing Chiffchaffs, a couple of which were very obliging for viewing and photo's.