Large flocks of birds love our Marshside reserves this time of year. Peak counts of black-tailed godwit still surpass 5,000 while over 20,000 pink footed geese regularly roost on the saltmarsh and graze the inner marshes.

Wigeon are mobile, but have been giving up super views from Marshside rd recently often accompanied by teal

Scarcer ducks can be found, with a sleepy scaup settled in by Faircloughs platform and a visiting goldeneye.

There have been up to two long tailed ducks at HOM and reports of short-eared owls across the NNR. An unseasonal Avocet has also made an appearance at HOM - and unusual sighting for this time of year. 

Grey Phalarope on Rimmers 

A grey phalarope has stayed for a few days on Rimmers marsh as I write. This is the second of the year, and much more visible than the last. We just love the way these birds spin and forage. Ron Jackson's video of the bird below puts this 'dance' to music.