Exciting times here Newport Wetlands! After a long and cold winter, the arrival of spring migrants along with some sunshine is a warm and very welcome feeling.
Here is a rundown of what has been happening over the last few weeks with our avian friends. The mute swans have taken up their usual residence in the lower reed beds to build on last years already massive nest, after being aggressively evicted (we nearly had to step in!) from the visitor centre scrape by the Canada Geese. Other visible wildfowl nests to the visitor centre include a busy coot, and the hefty Canada Geese pair - DO NOT MESS WITH US!!
A nice early wave of spring migrants brought us Wheatear and Sand Martin, followed by a big influx of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap along Perry Lane, with a scattering of swooping Swallows over the reed beds. In the last week to boost that spring feeling, Reed and Sedge Warbler have been sighted along with reports of reeling Grasshopper Warbler. These are very tricky to observe, with a large amount of patience and stealth required for success.
On the rarity front, a fly through Great White Egret was a top spot, and reports of a Marsh Harrier pair at various parts of the reserve caused excitement levels to rise - lets hope they stay!