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05 Aug 2018

Clear blue skies

It’s another gloriously sunny day on the reserve with plenty to see, not least our Crane chicks on the South Lake who are starting to exercise their wings more and more, even taking their first short flights.  It hopefully won’t be long before they’re airborne and exploring the wider reserve.


Zeiss Hide

Out on the scrape were a Green Sandpiper, 7 Avocet, 100+ Teal, 16 Dunlin, 39 Lapwing, a Common Sandpiper and 5 Snipe, whilst lurking closer to he hide were a full grown brood of 3 Shoveler and Cetti’s Warbler calling from reedbed.  There continues to be lots of Reed Warbler action here too.

South Lake Hides

The wader scrape continues to attract a good number of birds including 19 Ruff, 142 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 58 Lapwing, 26 Redshank and a Dunlin.  A Pochard and Great Crested Grebe were on deep lake along with 5 Grey Heron on the causeway.

Robbie Garnett Hide

Rather quiet on the Tack Piece with just a single Lapwing and Green Sandpiper on island in front of the hide.  Lots of hirdundines feeding here and over Summer Walkway along with a few Yellow Wagtails too.  Out in the field were 53 Barnacle Geese.

Rushy Hide

The juvenile Wood Sandpiper was at the back of the lower pond with at least 12 Green Sandpiper.  Two Snipe and 10 Black-tailed Godwit were also spread across the lower pond and the Grey Wagtail was in its usual place in front of the hide.  At least 8 Lapwing were on the islands of the upper pond.

Kingfisher Hide

A flock of 141 Lapwing were foraging on the Bottom New Piece field and the Crane family were seen at back of field along the reedbed.