As well as being rather hot, It seems that the reserve is well and truly going through a purple patch at the moment. The unusual sightings began in earnest on Sunday afternoon when five crossbills (two adults and three juveniles) were drinking in the pools along side Trial Wood.
Monday bought more surprises, with two kingfishers and two common terns feeding around Brandon Fen. As previously reported, four white storks flew over late afternoon. Hopefully some photos will follow shortly. One of these was also seen from Joist Fen viewpoint at teatime:
Photo credit Lee Gregory
It’s a purple heron, which is a scarce visitor from the continent. This is only the forth record of this species on the reserve. The last record was back in May 2009, and is the bird was the bird photographed above.
Sadly, the bird was only seen twice and there was no sign yesterday morning. However, singles of avocet and greenshank flew over Joist Fen viewpoint. A quail was also flushed nearby and a golden oriole was in the poplar woods.
A red kite flew over Joist Fen viewpoint at lunchtime today and there were several hobbys around. Several grass snakes were out basking in the sun and a common lizard also put in an appearance. With all of this great wildlife, the question we are all asking is whatever next?! We hope to see you soon.
It seems that the reserve is well and truly going through a purple patch at the moment. The unusual sightings began in earnest on Sunday afternoon when five crossbills (two adults and three juveniles) were drinking in the pools along side Trial Wood.
After last Thursday’s incident with the white stork, we thought we had heard the last of it. However, we have just been proved wrong by the four white storks that were just photographed flying over the reserve. What is going on?! Hopefully we will have be able to share them soon but until then:
Photo credit Amberlee Foote
We hope to see you soon