It is now some time after 16:09 and there is not long to go but just time to add a couple more images from the last day of the year taken by Matthew Foakes.
A very bright Chiffchaff
and an obliging Reed Bunting
Don't forget that I am opening the reserve at 0730 tomorrow (yes I know it will be dark). Normal 1630 closing time (yes, it will also be dark then!)
It is 16.09 on 31st December and we are closing up for the night on another year. It has been a fantastic one for many reasons and I will endeavour to put together a little summary at some stage.
Thanks for all the visitor support throughout the year and we ceratinly could not run this place without the enthusiasm shown by our faithful volunteers and staff.
Only a few hours and then I will be opening at 0730 tomorrow to start all over again...
Unboubtedly see some of your early birds there...
Oh and another Waxwing and a flyby Snow Bunting rounded off the year nicely!
Afternoon all... not seen the sun for days! Even gloomier today! Our Bearded Tits have been showing well today and I have found out that through a partial read of one of the rings that they are not from Sussex but are infact from Oare Marshes near Faversham in north Kent where four birds were ringed in the autumn. we have three ringed birds so it would be a nice thought to imagine that they are still together.
Also today, 2 Yellowhammers, an adult Little Gull, 14 Grey Plover and a Water Pipit.
Will update later if there is anymore news
Just received this great shot of a Water Rail from today!
by Vincent Kearney
Pretty quiet on the bird front today with another adult Gannet up river and a Raven south being the highlights but low, cloud, mist and then driving drizzle made for difficult birding. However, the centre was busy all day and the cafe did a roaring trade as people came inside to warm up!
Ten Bearded Tits were on the trails and a 3rd year Caspian Gull was with the throng on the Target Pools while the three Barnacle Geese were on view for most of the day.
Will we get anything else special for the last day of 2010?