Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mealy Redpoll

Just a few reports today. There was a bittern preening in front of the Ivy North hide as I opened up and a Cetti's warbler calling. The main body of the lake was frozen as was much of Ibsley Water, although it was only thin and broke up quickly as soon as we had a breeze.

We now have the various cameras up and running again and I have one set up on the feeders at the Woodland hide, it is available on the web too via the Blashford page on the website. There were loads of brambling coming to the mixed seed feeder and good numbers of siskin and lesser redpoll to the niger and one mealy redpoll. Later the mealy redpoll was at the feeder by the Centre and I got within a cheery "hello" of getting a picture of it. It did come back later, but the light had deteriorated by then.

The last report was of the great white egret again on Ivy Lake today and that the bittern had been seen at various times during the day.

On a different note the scarlet elf cup fungi beside the path between the Centre and Woodland hide are now coming up in numbers, most are only just opening out but in a few days they will be looking splendid.

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