Simon Evans, our local bird ringer was out on the reserve bright and early yesterday morning. He was so early in fact, that it wasn’t even fully light. Despite that, there were still one or two hobbys out and about feeing over the washland. You have to wonder what they were feeding on at this time of day. Is it bats? Is it moths? Who knows!  

 

Simon also ringed a juvenile kingfisher, which is a good sign that they have nested in the area. He is heavily involved in the Suffolk barn owl project, and here is a photo of five fluffy bundles of joy that he ringed on the reserve in 2009:

Photograph by Katherine Puttick

He went to check on our resident pairs, and sadly one of the chicks was found dead in their nesting area. This still means that both pairs more than likely fledged four young each, which is especially good considering the cold winter.

 

Recent highlights have included a couple of late swifts feeding over the washland with three hobbys on Monday evening, and a couple of good bittern sightings. There was a report of all five cranes from Joist Fen viewpoint, which is a great sign that they have all returned from their recent wanderings.

 

According to the news this morning, today marks the end of summer. This also signifies that it is the beginning of my favourite season: autumn! If you are planning to visit the reserve in the next month or so, it is well worth talking a walk around the Brandon Fen family trail, as there is a lot of cover for migrants. Who knows, you may even find yourself a rarity?!