A Merlin was seen briefly yesterday morning. They rarely perch up here and most views are of a one dashing about over the fields after a stray Meadow Pipit or Skylark. Bill Potter is one of my volunteers here and captured this amazing footage of a one at Oare Marshes in North Kent recently. It had obviously just eaten as there are fluffy feathers and some blood around the bill. Anyway enjoy this close up view and have one of thise 'wish I was there' moments.
Amazingly another visitor has caught our yawning Black-tailed Godwit in action! Clive Watts even captured Rhynchokinesis on film and the bird did it several times.
Clive has stitched together several instances of the bird doing this in a short video. The longer one below is also well worth a watch!
Bendy Bill (Clive Watts)
Shock! Horror! An ok bird picture by me!
Our new benches for the Cordite store woodland arrived recently (in giant kit form!) and Dhruti and Ian spent Thursday putting them up. Three are in place and will provide you wit the opportunity for a contemplative stop at any time of year.
Note the member of staff giving approriate directions to her volunteer.....
The two lecterns that have been up for some time now have my interp boards in.... they look very good but sorry that they are the insect ones and not birds and berries! Nevermind, just nice to have the gaps filled.
Many thanks to the Veolia Havering Riverside Trust for their support in this project.