Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday 14th March

Highlight of the morning was my first Sand Martin of the year at the park. I saw it over the south end of the Spit and it departed north at around 08:00.

Only spotted one Little Grebe on Fingers and one GC Grebe, also a single male Shoveler. At Kramer hide a Kingfisher was heard. A Red-Eared Terrapin was out on a log sunning itself, sadly the cold spell hasn't done for them! Two Sparrowhawks were displaying over Fingers with some spectacular dives.

On the main lake Pochard numbered 12, conveniently all paired up. There were also 11 Tufted ducks (1f), the highest number I have seen this winter. Only 5 GC Grebe but 6 Coot. A Kingfisher was heard along the Leat.

On Fenlake the Teal are still about although difficult to see how many today as they all seemed to be tucked in tight on the far bank. There was also a single male Shoveler.

EN rang me to say there were 3 Little Egret on Fingers a little later, not sure where they came from!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Guided Walks

It's been a while, but they're back!

Here are the dates for the first guided walks of the year:

April 19th @ 9 am (spring migrants)
May 3rd @ 4.30 am (Dawn Chorus)
June 28th @ 8 am (midsummer)

EN is also trying to arrange a public ringing demonstration on July 26th (CES period 9) so stay tuned!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Friday and Saturday (6th/7th Mar)

Friday was a beautiful day, it was just a pleasure to be outside. Nothing out of the ordinary about although Pochard numbers had dropped to ~70. Goldcrest were heard between the main lake hide and the Leat. A pair of Shoveler and Teal in front of Kramer hide and still plenty of Teal on Fenlake. DK mentioned a reported sighting of Otter mother and 2 cubs on the main lake, early on the 24th Feb.

A good start to Saturday with a Green Woodpecker in the car park. Then, while scanning the main lake, an Oystercatcher flew in, did a circuit and landed on the island, later on we had 2 Oyc's over the spit. John joined me for a circuit of the park and we had Treecreeper calling at the south end of the Spit. Again little else of note, just a pleasure to be out again as the cloud gave way to blue skies. Pochard numbers had dropped again and we could only muster 20 along with 5 Tufteds. We had a Little Grebe by the main lake hide to go with the 6 on West Fingers. On the south side of the main lake we had a couple of singing Goldcrest.

And that was about it, a quiet weekend but great to be out all the same.