In the last week, there has been an amazing westerly movement of waxwings through the reserve. In the last 7 days, we have recorded over 200 birds passing through.
Waxwing is a species that breeds in woodlands throughout Scandinavia east through Siberia towards the Pacific but leaves these areas in winter in search of its favoured food, rowan berries.
All of the birds have been seen flying over with the starling flocks. With a bit of practice, they can be located by their high-pitched trilling call and stand out within a flock as they are much paler.
With the hedgerows and orchards full of fruit at the moment and a large numbers of thrushes, starlings and finches, the old wives tale of an impending cold winter, may be true.
Well it's day 204 of the coastal change project and we are starting to see the hides take shape. The walls are coming up and the north hide has a roof. Despite the good progress we have lost some time due to the weather but hopefully everyone will feel it was worth the wait. The views from the hide locations are fantastic and with the numbers of birds using the fresh marsh - we had over 800 teal last week - the wildlife spectacle should also be great. The work on the sea walls has finished for this year and we are hoping to have the hide open in early December so keep checking here or the website for updates as work progresses.
Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see as many different species as possible on the reserve in twelve months Aug 201 to July 2011.
'I've just had two great weeks, in which the 57 new species seen brought the Rambles list up to 461. I've had my best ever views of a Grey Phalarope, a visitor showed me a tiny Palmate Newt he'd found on the main path, a Pied Flycatcher and a Yellow-browed Warbler were seen together in the picnic area and a beautiful pale green and black Merveille du Jour moth was trapped near the visitor centre.Of course there are always the ones that get away, like Long-eared Owl, Richard's Pipit and Horseshoe Bat, hey-ho that's life!'