Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Chiffs, Diggers and Newts

Spent most of the day in a meeting off site today so almost no time at Blashford, but enough to know that there had been a considerable arrival of Chiffchaff overnight, there were several singing at various places. I was at the Goosander repairing a section of fence, there were a few Sand Martin about and people in the hide told me that some had been excavating the nest tunnels in the newly constructed section of bank. I seems extraordinarily early in the season for them to already be digging nest tunnels.

As I locked up a quick look from the Tern hide allowed confirmation that the 4 Black-necked Grebe are still present and that there were about 60 Black-tailed Godwit on the island at the north end of the lake.

The screen in the lobby at the Centre has been very good value in the last few days, with displaying Smooth Newts, water beetles, water boatmen, caddis larvae, dragonfly larvae and all kinds of other underwater life. It really is remarkable how much is going on and the water temperature must still be quite low, goodness knows what it will be like when it warms up.

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