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06 Jun 2018

Osprey

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An excellent day on site yesterday with the appearance of an Osprey being the main highlight, the bird has apparently been in the local area for at least a week, this is the first sighting at the Mere this year of an Osprey.

Osprey circling over the Mere (Tony Disley)

A Greenshank was out on Woodend Marsh distantly in the afternoon and still present today Wednesday.

Other sightings yesterday included a 2nd cal year Hobby which was seen from Harrier Hide and Ron Barker. The usual Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were all seen.

A family party of 5 Raven flew high east over the reserve early yeaterday afternoon. At least 2 sightings of Cuckoo a bird in flight past In Focus shop and then it or another from Harrier Hide.

Still up to 50 Black-tailed Godwit on site yesterday along with 2-3 Ruff including the breeding plumaged male. Plenty of young Avocet but nowhere near as many as last year. Already a flock of 100 Lapwing around the Mere.

Pair of Common Tern have failed to breed on Woodend marsh and have now set up territory on the Mere, hopefully this will be more successful.

The first fledged juvenile Black-headed Gull was flying around the Mere yesterday, and the Great Crested Grebes from Harrier Hide have at least 3 young now and are showing well on mums back!

Good numbers of Dragonflies and Damselflies around as well as several species of Butterfly