A quick update of recent sightings
A feeling of spring is in the air today! A mad dash down to the Gadwall hide to catch up with a freshly arrived pair of garganey was accompanied by singing willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, reed and sedge warbler. After managing to miss a lot of the recent spring passage namely spotted redshank, curlew, little gull another curlew, yellow wagtail, to name a few, I was pleased to be able to tick off this pair.
The reserve has been hosting a pair (occasionally 2 pairs) of redshank, a pair oystercatcher using us and other local sites, little ringed plover have passed through but have not lingered much yet, a number of pairs of lapwing look to be settling on Draper scrape and have been displaying ( a lovely sight and sound). Two or 3 green sandpiper are regularly on site, still a few snipe (see garganey picture) lingering and pochard pairs are investigating the reedbed for nesting sites. Both kestrel boxes are occupied this year so looking forward to lots of comical chick shots.
The kingfishers are very active, they seem to have settled on a burrow so we are waiting for the first signs of incubation.
Still plenty of spring migrants to be ticked off the list
let us know if you see any!
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