Volunteer, Les, provides our reserve update this week:
Well, after the excitement of having a long-eared owl on site last week, I wondered what could better it. I didn't have long to wait as on Saturday the little bittern put in another appearance, albeit briefly. I am indebted to regular visitor, Cliff Gilbert, for the use of his photo which is the only one I've seen so far. The little bittern created a lot of interest but by Tuesday morning the enthusiasm had waned somewhat. Then, wouldn't you know it, our conservation volunteer, Ryan, saw it on Tuesday morning so the watch continues.
Little bittern by Cliff Gilbert
The marsh harriers have been putting on some fine displays and the afternoon roost is now at least 20 with a side order of 80+ little egrets to entertain you.
Marsh harriers by Les Bunyan
The freshmarsh has been host to at least three water pipits and two rock pipits. This time of year the water rails start to become more visible - look for them in the muddy ditch by West Bank Path as you leave the Visitor Centre.
Sea watching has produced long-tailed duck, common and velvet scoter, various grebe species along with the occasional little auk.
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