Another lovely day, with plenty to see and hear: more breeding behaviour in evidence and some signs of return passage - first Siskin and Grey Wagtail of the year and a few more Redshank than last week.
Another lovely day brightened up even more by a visit of four Cranes, (a family of three & one other adult, not seen here before).
A much brighter warmer day than last week, with increasing evidence of breeding behaviour: Great Crested Grebe's and other waterfowl displaying; Marsh Harrier 'sky dancing' again; and resident species singing, including Treecreeper and Reed Bunting.
A rainy day, but still some bits to see - bobbing Jack Snipe and Water Pipit on winter flood, first Oystercatcher of the year and Marsh Harrier 'sky dancing' in the drizzle.
A bit of wind blowing at 46 mph made standing still difficult so I only counted from the hide. Nonetheless it was interesting with four Marsh Harriers enjoying the conditions. One of which was an adult female intent on catching one of the 38 Coot flocked together on the lake by continually swooping down towards them. But its attention was briefly diverted to an otter that had appeared in the lake before resuming harassing the Coot.
The otter then spent some time fishing also alarming the Coot if it got to near so the poor birds didn’t know where to go. But all happily survived.
Beautiful bright but chilly day, with plenty to see: 6 Cranes, first Pintail of the year, a pair of Peregrine over the lake again, Marsh Harriers beginning courtship, Water Pipit on ice and Barn Owl losing its catch to a Kestrel. Also several speci
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed