Spoonbills arrive bang on time!

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Spoonbills arrive bang on time!

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This morning there was a single Spoonbill on Singleton which was joined a few minutes after I had entered the hide by a second very young looking bird, probably hatched last year. After so many Spoonies last year when we were spoilt rotten, many people have commented on the fact that they have not being recorded yet this year. However, spoonbills are still a rare visitor to the UK and in fact Mid to late June is the more normal time for them to turn up on the reserve. In fact I remember my old boss Andrew Grieve telling me they often seemed to turn up on our Summer open day which is amazingly taking place on the 19th!

There was also a immature little gull this morning along with a supporting cast of greenshank, black tailed godwit, snipe, avocet and marsh harrier. Over the last week the pair of garganey have been fairly regular and there has been sightings of common tern, hobby, little egret and ruff. If you are looking for great sightings of sedge and reed warbler then now is the time to visit as they are just starting to sing before starting a second brood.

Last night was excellent with plenty of swifts snapping around our ears, grasshopper warbler singing out in the open near Xerox hide and good views of the barn owl at marshland 

  • Blooming heck Andrew Grieves theres a blast from the past,does any one know how he is?