It's been a cracking day for our Bearded Tits at Radipole Lake.  A flock of 10 have been very vocal and flying low in the Buddleia Loop reed beds.  Our visitors have been thrilled to have good chance of seeing one of our specialties.  The best place to observe them is on the double platform on the way to the Viewing Shelter.  

Bearded Tit

Photo Credit: Bearded Tit - Graham Jaggard

On 16th March it was Lodmoor's "Super Saturday".  The Penduline Tit was still about in the reedbeds.  The Ring Neck Duck took a break from Radipole Lake and spent the weekend at Lodmoor in the post box pool. A Little Gull was also around for the weekend.

Ring Necked Duck

Little Gull

Photo Credits: Ring Neck Duck and Little Gull - Edmund Mackrill

Also present, the Ruff and Lesser Yellow Legs.  Edmund was lucky enough to snap both birds together.  Visitors were also treated to sights of 2 ravens, 2 Spoonbills and a Peregrine.

Ruff and Lesser Yellow Legs

Raven

Photo Credits: Ruff with Lesser Yellow Legs and Raven - Edmund Mackrill

Swallows and Sand Martins had arrived, over 70 Black Tailed Godwits, 120 Mediterranean Gulls were counted.  On Monday 18th March 3 bitterns were seen leaving Lodmoor.

In the hedgerows, Blackthorn is in flower, the Hawthorn is full of buds ready to open and many of the Willow Trees are bursting with catkins.  The Lesser Celandines are in full bloom along the river banks and some early Cow Parsley is out.  Also seen in the past few days is the Marsh Marigold by the reedbed path to the New Viewing Shelter.

Marsh Marigold

For more information and all the latest sightings, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available. 

Telephone: 01305 778313

Email: Weymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk

Website: www.rspb.org./radipolelake

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