A very quick update tonight as I am off out to do a talk in Ringwood. The highlights were mostly the remaining of a bittern and a smew, both on Ivy Lake and surely shortly to depart. On Ibsley Water at least one black-necked grebe, 2 peregrine, a shelduck and up to 50 sand martin were notable.
On the reserve the volunteers were working on getting the last of the vegetated rafts ready for planting up, hopefully next week. The reserve was busy with a school group again today, the third day in a row, but also had a U3A group, so catering for all ages.
More generally the Woodland hide still has large numbers of brambling and today more lesser redpoll, yesterday when the ringers were in there were strangely few about. Once again there was no sign of lesser spotted woodpecker today. I will try a more comprehensive round-up tomorrow, I should have something to report as we are doing a wildfowl count so the reserve should get well covered.