Today has been quite a busy day at the reserve.
First thing we had a female mallard with a brood of nine ducklings swim right infront of Gullery hide! There was also reports over the weekend that another female mallard was seen with a brood of 10 ducklings (or perhaps its bad news already with one duckling gone!). Im sure over the next few weeks more parent and offspring sightings will be seen all around the reserve. Its things like this that make Spring my favourite season.
There was also plenty of osprey activity today. In the morning some osprey were seen fishing and were pretty successful at catching their prey. Sometimes they weren't so lucky and were left empty-handed. But more often than not there were plenty of sightings of osprey with a fish in their talons while they flew over the reserve. At one point during the morning we had three osprey fishing at the same time.
Lots of activity on the paths with a pair of bullfinch, plenty of blue tits and coal tits and there was even a goldfinch spotted. But its not just the birds that bring the paths to life - lots of bumblebees and butteflies aplenty. And the red squrriel was spotted at the peanut feeder again outside Gullery hide.
No sign of marsh harrier today but over the weekend there were a few reports that we have a pair on the reserve. Everyone should have their eyes peeled to see if we do have a breeding pair!