I will begin with some closure on the whooper swan situation from last Sunday. It turns out that a flock of 17 where present for most of the morning. They eventually flew north of the river where they spent some time feeding. A lucky observer who spotted the whoopers also had a mixed flock of lapwings and golden plovers flying over Joist Fen viewpoint:
Photo credit: Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)
The former are common winter visitors here but the latter (pictured above) are a bit of a reserve rarity so this was a great record. A bittern was seen from Joist Fen viewpoint and four redhead goosanders flew along the river:
Photo credit: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
There was plenty of activity in and around the Brandon Fen family trail on Monday. A water rail was present along with three bearded tits. A stonechat was present near the washland viewpoint and several bramblings were nearby.
A marsh tit was feeding alongside the entrance track on Tuesday and two roe deers were in the same area after dark. A barn owl also flew over the car park. It looked particularly spooky in the night time light.
It was incredibly mild on Wednesday and the warmth even encouraged a song thrush to sing for much of the day in Brandon Fen. There were several insects on the wing including one or two peacock butterflies and surprising numbers of ruddy darters.
A good variety of birds of prey were seen from New Fen viewpoint yesterday afternoon. Highlights including two marsh harriers, a male sparrowhawk and a male merlin:
The area around the visitor centre was also a hive of activity with a pair of bramblings on the feeders along with a coal tit. A kingfisher was also fishing in the pond. Around 100 pied wagtails roosted in the reedbed at this end of the reserve.
This morning the Brandon Fen song thrush was singing again which was lovely to hear. There was a high count of 37 mallards on the washland along with six teals. As you can see there is a great variety of wildlife to be seen here at the moment so why not come and visit soon?