This week has seen a marked increase in avocets present on marshland lagoon with around 20 there on Monday to 67 on marshland today!

This also means an increase in avocet volumn with their distinctive 'kluit kluit' call that they make echoing around the reserve - a sound of spring at Blacktoft.

Here are a couple of shots taken by Mhairi our assistant warden this week:

Avocets come to Blacktoft to breed arriving middle of March and leaving as soon as the young can fly normally by late June.  These strange birds with upturned beaks are very entertaining to watch and we will explore further through other blogs over the coming weeks.  Meanwhile, please share you avocet moments with us by adding a comment or adding a photo to our gallery.

Elsewhere on the reserve look our for those spectacular marsh harriers - one male down at singleton is regularly seen carrying a piece of reed as it attempts to build a nest.  The Bittern continues to be seen daily and we seemed to have an invasion of greenfinches this afternoon (quite a few calling today).