Just to report that the Wednesday Work Group sighted a brown hare just to the east of Pony Wood yesterday.
The field by the Long Pads looked lovely in the sun on Friday, with the bird seed mix – mustard, folder radish and phacelia in full bloom and corn marigold, corn chamomile, cornflowers and poppies mixed in with the crop . Clouds of white ( mainly green veined white) butterflies with meadow browns, and further round a peacock and a gatekeeper. At the top of the hill by Pony Wood we startled a female roe deer hiding in the wheat. A second ( possibly the juvenile) at first tried to hide – we could see the top of its head – then decided to bound off as well. A truly magical afternoon.
A lapwing was swooping and diving over Flora Field between 4 and 4.30 this afternoon. It occasionally landed and then was off again. I first observed it whilst walking on the Pads footpath and it was still in evidence as I walked back along the canal.
A flock of 20 to 25 birds between the Pads footpath and the Flora Field this afternoon. I had a very clear sight of a redwing in the hawthorn tree but can’t be sure of the overall composition of the group.
Tuesday 22nd. A third siting of a stoat around the triple gates area. We also saw at least two herons around the Flora Field.
The Hedge Working Party met yesterday. One of us observed a small flock of field fare in West Field on the way to meet the group. A member of the public reported seeing a stoat on the track near the treble gates and we disturbed a heron in Flora Field as we approached our hedge.
Whilst undertaking the wildflower survey today we noted a couple of flowers not recorded on the Reserve before:
Common cat’s-ear in the Hay Meadow
Greater Knapweed which id the predominant wildflower now growing in the Flora Field wildflower margin.
Sorry if these photos are ‘sideways on’, the software seems to have a mind of its own when inserting photos taken with my camera!
Hare sighting reported in the vicinity of the bee hives in Flora Field on Sunday,
Two song thrush in the West Field today reminded me of seeing a mistle thrush in the Flora Field on Tuesday (1st) and several field fare in the West Field yesterday (2nd). Today I also saw a moorhen and a pair of teal around School Pond and a snipe flew up as I passed Big Meadow.
Our first foray of the winter through the marshes this morning raised a total of 7 snipe: one in each of the Hay Meadow, School Pond and Flora Field, and a further four in Big Meadow. Small numbers, but still more than the past two years at this early part of the season. Extra sightings were a jay in the Hay Meadow, a kestrel over Lower Sowerholme and a wren in Upper Sowerholme.