I was back at Blashford again today to try to get the long awaited osprey nesting platform put up. I arrived a bit early so had a quick look along the Rockford path, looking over Rockford Lake there were very few birds, but the few there were included 2 black-necked grebe. Looking the other way over Ivy Lake the sight, and sound, was spectacular, the top of the lake was alive with displaying teal, several hundred of them. One of their North American cousins, a green-winged teal was reported at the weekend, but not since and I could not find it today. The smew also seems to have either gone or be hiding, although one was reported at Longham Lakes the other day so perhaps it has just moved. A quick look in the Ivy North hide resulted in views of the bittern fishing and I got a quick picture.
Then it was off to see if we could get the osprey pole up in the very strong wind, first we had to get all the materials to the site.
The hole was dug and then we started to put the platform together.
Then it was time to add the base of the nest, made of heather and hazel branches, with a long oak that will make a useful perch.
The next job was to get the pole upright and the hole back-filled.
We are now going to leave it to settle in before completing the nest-building in a few weeks time.
On my way back I dropped in to Bickerley Common, just south of Ringwood, there was no sign of the great white egret, but there were 2 ruff which, if I can add up correctly takes me to 122 species of birds for 2013.