View across Saltmarsh Pool towards Criffel from Maryland Lay-by
Common Newt in puddle after rain, on Lonning track
Flies and bees are attracted to the abundant nectar of the Ivy flowers, growing in the lonning hedge.
Fly Agaric, poisonous mushroom, growing under trees on the acidic edge of the Reserve.
Seasonally high tides had flooded saltmarsh
Waders (mostly Oystercatchers) perching on flooded roosts.
As the tide started to fall two Mute Swans came sailing by.
Comma butterfly in the company with 29 Red Admirals feeding on fallen fruit and bread put out for the birds in perimeter garden.
Two Mute Swans amongst reeds and Wigeon on 1st Meadow Pool.
Viewed from the hide, a male Hen Harrier appeared and started to chase the ducks in the pools
Ducks and Lapwing pannicked by Hen Harrier
Shoveller and Wigeon in front of hide
Whoopers, grazing and resting, along with wigeon on wet meadows in front of the hide.
Returning from a swim
Probably a small family group deciding what to do next
Wigeon in channel by causeway
Wigeon preening in the Autumn sunshine in front of the hide
Wigeon took fright as two gulls took off but they soon settled again.
Later on the Whoopers started to take off in small groups
Flying off over the causeway
A further group
Last to fly off leaving a couple of groups behind
Noticeboard with recent sightings
Campfield Marsh on a flood tide.
Flocks of gulls have been collecting round field drain outfall on mudflatts in front of the Campfield Marsh
Good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies have been flying in the area
A rather bedraggled looking young Wren after recent rain
Lonning hedgerows are red with ripening berries ready for wintering thrushes
Wild rose briars are laden with hips
Planted seed field of oats and kale is now attracting flocks of Finches and Sparrows.
Common Darter (male) on path to 1st Screen on Lonning
View of Common Darter head on
First Pinkfeet seen on Saltmarsh - near Biglands Layby.
Shaggy Inkcap on grassy verge to Lonning.
Two calves in meadow in front of hide.
Young calves being frisky - as young thing will.
Red Admirals have been in abundance but this was the first sighting of a Comma in the local area.
Little Egret can be seen most days now flying back and forth along the Saltmarsh
These two Mute Swans on 1st pool on Lonning - seem the favour this corner of the Reserve, as they can be seen here most days
Small flocks of Pinkfeet ( about 170 in all) flying over the Reserve fields at Biglands
Shaggy Inkcap has matured somewhat.
Skein of Pinkfeet (110) flew directly south over the Reserve. Once over the Moss they then headed west.
Common Darter perched on twig along North Plain Lonning.
Recent Sightings - Noticeboard
North Plain Farm
Large flocks of redwing sighted on the Lonning, 11.40 am.
1st Meadow Pool - Excellent display of Whoopers this morning. 48 in all together with a substantial number of wigeon and 2 Mutes. 11.50 am Janet and Alan Murray, visitors from Bingley, joined us at the screen and immediately Janet's sharp eyes spotted 2 overflying Spoonbills which appeared very intent on landing. They did three circuits of the pool but it was full of noisy Whoopers, so they took themselves off, flying in an easterly direction over the Reserve for another quieter pool elsewhere.
There were 48 Whoopers this morning and a good number of wigeon.
Group of adults enjoying the autumn sunshine this morning
Another larger group flying in
Two Spoonbills flying over and inspecting the pool
One of the two Spoonbills who were coming to have a look at the pool
Heading off to the hide at the far end, we were overtaken by the whoopers flying off the pool, seemingly in different directions, after a certain amount of circling. On reaching the hide which soon began to fill up with homo sapiens, we were all greeted by the wonderful sight of 24 Pinkfeet arriving from the direction of the Anthorn masts - obviously very intent on landing. They appeared to know the meadow wetland area but did at least four circuits before settling and commencing to wash and feed.
Whoopers flying over the lonning overtook us
A second group flying by
Bringing up the rear
Pinks sighted as we reached the hide
Dropping in to land on wet meadow in front of the hide
Just a bit more manoeuvring now
Safely down at last - to wash and feed
On our return, hugh flocks of Fieldfare arrived on the fields and hedges of the lonning - feasting on the profusion of hips, haws and holly berries. This year, we have never seen a better crop in the hedgerows.
Mixed flock of Fieldfares and Starlings
Mixed flocks making use of the hedgerows which are now heavy with ripe hips and haws.
All this in bright sunshine after a night of frost and a chill wind from the north.