The long-eared owls that we found on Sunday are still here and offering excellent views for our many visitors this week.
This week has also seen a little bit of change with many birds returning to Blacktoft. Most noticeable is the black-headed gulls. Also skylarks have been singing up at Ousefleet, the oystercatchers are back on xerox, little grebe has returned to the lagoons and pied wagtails are now around the lagoons again.
A few more waders are also around this week with 6 spotted redshank on xerox today, 2 black-tailed godwit, plenty of snipe, lapwing, dunlin, curlew, one or two redshank and some golden plover.
Regarding birds of prey - some of our male marsh harriers have returned to join those that stayed the winter meaning that 17 are coming into roost at the moment and are often seen chasing each other throughout the day. Both the male and young hen harrier have been seen in recent days along with the merlin so there is still a chance to see these winter visitors to Blacktoft.
Mammal wise - hares are showing extremely well up at Ousefleet along with the roe deer.
wow , can anybody tell me of a reserve anywere that can boast such a great amount of quality like at BLACKTOFT
Owls are still here on Monday 28th February
Are the Hares still about? Would love the chance to photograph them. One of my "things to do" this year.
The hares are around - always best up at Ousefleet either from the gate or from the hide. Best to try and get a photo this month before vegetation grows up. Perhaps on a less windy day!