Yesterday (22nd October) saw the start of the work to build the new ground level Purfleet Hide in the bank viewable from the visitors centre. It will look out over a re-landscaped Purfleet Scrape and afford excellent views.
To start with the diggers are removing the top soil. The reedy bit will be kept in one pile and the grassy bit in another to be replaced once works have finished to allow the area to naturally regenerate.
I know I promised this earlier in the week but I have now cobbled together a little aid for on the ground Godwit id. I hope it is of some use. Just click on the attachment below to open the pdf.
mmm... now this is weird. I can see the attachment and open it in the post but when I go to the main blog it had disappeared....very strange
May have to ask some questions with IT about this one. In the meantime, if you can not find the file then please email me at email@example.com and I will send it over.
Funny weather again this week from blowing drizzle to glorious
sunshine in the course of a few hours and despite lots of hard looking
we have yet to find number 200! Plenty on the move though with an Osprey
south on Monday morning at 0900 low across the reserve and then over
the river and into Kent. Fortunately my bellowing around the centre
alerted everyone in time and most people got out for a look including
several surprised visitors waiting outside on the entrance ramp!
Over 100 Swallows and House Martins alongwith a handful of Sand Martins
had unusually roosted overnight in the foreshore reedbed and they spent
the first few hours of the day feeding and resting on the saltmarsh and
around the centre. Amongst them was a Swallow x House Martin
hybrid that looked mostly Swallow like bar for a patchy front and
throat and a white rump. Not unheard of but definitely strange!
A Common Seal
was hauled out on the mud on the south side of the river. This is the
rare of the two species up here and were are more accustomed to seeing
Bob the bull Grey Seal drifting by.
Yesterday saw a Ring Ouzel briefly around the centre and up to six Wheatears and a couple of Yellow Wagtails still with the cattle while four Wheatears, Whinchat, 3 Stonechats, Yellow Wagtail and a Marsh Harrier were all seen today