This hare was seen this afternoon in the arable field.
This morning Jon Carter led a walk around the reserve and we saw:-
Wren, blue tit, great tit, dunnock, blackbird, magpie, goldfinch, great spotted woodpecker, crow, herring gull, black-headed gull, jackdaw, chaffinch, house sparrow, robin, rock dove, teal, redwing, greylag geese, pink-footed geese (see below) linnet (>35), greenfinch, meadow pipit, starling, mallard, moorhen and finally 2 Woodcock (flushed by Jon from below the willows by Lucy brook).
I have been reminded that we also saw both mistle and song thrushes – apologies for omission!.
Also seen yesterday were linnets (>25) in a hawthorn bush plus 77 geese flying over.
I forgot to post Jonathan’s email to the volunteers but the report on what we actually did follows.
But first note that a Little Egret was observed on School Pond by the volunteers. I think this may be significant as this species, whilst common on the riverside marsh and occasional on our neighbouring drumlins, has not been seen very often, if at all (?), on the Reserve. Perhaps one of the birders will comment on this.
Thirteen volunteers attended the monthly session on a warm, dry but overcast morning.
An excellent tally for the third flush count of the season. 114 snipe counted, 4 of which were identified as Jack snipe. Big Meadow yielded 42 (3 Jack); School Pond 35; Hay Meadow a surprising 33 (1 Jack); Upper Sowerholme 2 and 1 in each of Flora Field and Lower Sowerholme. Cumulatively this winter’s total is running two months ahead of last winter.
But snipe were not the only birds on show. Twelve teal initially on Alder Pond were encountered again on School Pond, in the presence of a redshank. There were 3 redwing in the LGGS Field. In Big Meadow, two female pheasants were spotted and a water rail was disturbed close to the old Alder tree. Two woodcock flew off from amongst the willows along Lucy Brook in the Hay Meadow. A heron was seen by the Flora Ponds – seems to be a regular visitor here.