Photograph by Andy Bunting
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The approach of winter sees a marked increase in the number of birds arriving on the reserve. In November the Whooper Swan numbers will top 1000 and during a cold snap at the beginning of December last year we had a record breaking 2450 but only for one evening.
All the duck species will increase as cold weather pushes birds out of continental Europe to the relatively warm, gulf stream influenced UK. Keep an eye out for winter thrushes on berry bearing bushes and trees, and possibly Waxwing if it's a good year for them. Don't rule out a good selection of rare wildfowl which in recent years included Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, vagrant Canada Geese, Red-breasted and Ross's Snow Goose.
The increase in all bird numbers will attract more birds of prey with daily Peregrines, over wintering Marsh Harriers, regular Merlin and Hen Harrier, as well as Short-eared and Barn Owls making their presence known as the nights draw in.
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Posted on 9th December 2013 by Tony Disley
Upto 2 Marsh Harriers were on the reserve today along with the family of Peregrines (2 adults 1 juv male) showing well along with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard. The Little Egret is still around and briefly visited the [...]
Posted on 8th December 2013 by Tony Disley
The Little Egret was still present, seen in flight over the Mere. Only the juvenile male Peregrine was seen today along with Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel. A few thousand Pink footed Geese dropped onto the mere at dusk[...]
Posted on 6th December 2013 by Tony Disley
A Little Egret was a new bird on site today, still a good bird on site with only a few records a year. The Tawny Owl is still present along the track to UU hide but no reports of the …