Saturday, June 20, 2015
Last month's guided bird walk was well attended as usual and we had a good variety of species although not in the same league as the month before when we accumulated 63 species!
The Volunteers turned out again at the beginning of the month and did a sterling job in clearing the fishing swims around the Finger Lakes.
On the birding front we have had a couple of broods of Gadwalls on the Finger Lakes. The main lake Mute Swans have 3 cygnets and the Oystercatchers on the island had at least 3 young.
On 100 Acre the Common Terns on the island have chicks, we saw 3 this morning. The terns are very aggressive now seeing off all comers and even coming across the water to "shout" at us!
There were at least 4 Little Ringed Plovers on 100 Acre and we had both a Kestrel and Red Kite over there too.
A juvenile Sedge Warbler was seen in the reed bed under the sewage works bridge and a family of Mute Swans were at the mouth of the New Cut with six cygnets. Are these the ones from the lake on Riverside?
Next Sunday (28th June) we have a guided bird walk. This starts at 8am, meeting outside the visitor centre.