It has been a good couple of days for birds of prey with a merlin, marsh harrier and hen harrier all being reported from the Public and Lower hides. Good numbers of curlew sandpipers are still being seen and at least 2 spotted redshank are still present at the saltmarsh pools. The little egret roost at Island mere is still impressive although numbers have dropped to the mid 80's. The great white was seen flying into the roost on Monday evening.
On Tuesday at least 100 houses martins were seen over the saltmarsh pools. Also on Tuesday a bittern was seen flying in front of the Lower hide.
An otter was seen from the Public hide at 10 am this morning from the Public hide.
'Wild Autumn' started today on Lancaster and Morecambe's Diversity FM radio station (there were unexpected delays due to work on the studios).
You should be able to listen again to it tonight when it's repeated between 8 and 9 pm on 103.5 FM or by listening online (if you aren't in the area) at:
Jane and Mike Malpass take us through the changing days of Autumn with news, views and interviews with local wildlife experts and reports-a fascinating insight into the natural world on our doorstep.
It will be broadcast every Tuesday at 11 am to 12 midday. Next week includes an interview with Gail Armstrong about bats.....
The good weather brought in the crowds this weekend and both Saturday and Sunday were busy.
It was a good weekend for beared tits with good views on the grit trays along the causeway. The peak time appears to be between 9 am and 10 am but there have also been good sightings before and after that. I watched two pairs of birds on the grit tray at about 11.30 am. The male bearded tits can be quite aggressive and there was a lot of squabbling at the trays. When a number of birds come to the trays at once you can get good views of them waiting in the reeds which offers a good photo opportunity.
The red deer rut is just beginning and the stags can be hearded roaring in the reeds in the evenings. Two stags were seen from the Griesdale hide sparring but more serious battle will be taking place in the next few weeks when they have groups of hinds to defend.
There was a report of a bittern near the Tim Jackson hide and a marsh harrier from Public hide on sunday. Otters were seen from the lower hide on both Saturday and Sunday. The great white egret was at the saltmarsh pools on Saturday morning.