Happy New Year everyone!
I know I'm a little late with the best wishes, but I've had a couple of days off!So how have you all been? Recovered from the Christmas break?
So before we start looking forward to 2012 I wanted to spend a couple of minutes thinking about some of the 'best bits' from the reserve last year!
So in no particular order (and admittedly these are the best bits that I like, so feel free to add your own) here are the reserve best bits from 2011:
Picture by Keith Bedford
Great picture by Keith BedfordSo what were your highlights of 2011? Any thing different? Did you see something new?
How are you today?
I just thought I would let you know what has been seen about so far this month.
Visitor centre groundsChaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, wren, dunnock, magpie, green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker.
Draper hideShoveler, teal, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, mute swan, little grebe, green woodpecker, green sandpiper, redwing, fieldfare, and sparrowhawk.
LagoonsPochard, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, shoveler, teal, shelduck, little grebe, mute swan, canada goose, grey heron, coot, moorhen, black headed gull, common gull. lesser black backed gull, lapwing, snipe, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, and sparrowhawk.
Warbler hideGrey heron, wood pigeon, stockdove, meadow pipit, peregrine, and buzzard flying over.
TrailsGreen woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, magpie, crow, fieldfare, redwing, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, goldfinch, chaffinch, wren, starling, dunnock, cettis warbler and sparrowhawk.
How are you?
It's been so mild at the moment! It really does feel like spring!There was a watervole out showing well over the weekend! They are meant to be underground at this time of year!
There's been 46 lapwing over at the Tern hide, as well as 3 snipe, 1 green sandpiper, grey and pied wagtail and lots of duck! There was 123 teal at the Tern hide alone! Blimey!
We've had some reportings of scaup at the Draper hide, but it's a female tufted duck that has white around her beak. They are very similar birds, but the one we've seen was a female tufted duck.
Female tufted duck
See you soon,Lou