Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Tuesday - Quick update

The thaw continues, if slowly. Birds today included the Caspian Gull again on the ice of Iblsey Water from which 150+ Greylags flew out at dawn, sadly they were all Greylags, but we live in hope.

At the Woodland hide at least 5 Brambling were reported as well as increasing numbers of Lesser Redpoll and Siskin, I also counted 24 Blackbirds there as I opened up the hide.

Although the Bittern was not seen today, the Ivy North hide still had a cryptic highlight, with three Woodcock watched creeping around under the trees to the west of the hide. It is rare to get views of them on the ground like this. Also there were a couple of Water Rails.

Elsewhere the 6 Red-crested Pochard were still being reported from Blashford Lake and a Cetti's Warbler was heard calling in the silt pond beside the path to the Ivy South hide, proving it has survived the cold.

On a different note, work has started on the new education shelter beside the Centre, hopefully it will be finished before the end of the week.

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