Im not sure where the days are going at present. They are busy and a full to do list keeps me wondering how hours pass so quickly. But anyhow I shall take time out when I can to tell you the latest goings on around the reserves.
This week we have mainly been in tidy up mode and both the Beechcroft and Farlington Teams have been getting stuck into giving the reserves a bit of a spruce up before we get into our serious winter clearance works. On Monday the Beechcroft team and I headed to Southmoor to cut back the overgrowing footpath that runs down the centre of the reserve. Amazing how quickly bramble can grow as we cut this path back only a month or so ago.
On Tuesday the Farlington team concentrated on areas around the hut. We spent most of the day giving the hedge out the front a bit of a short back and sides. After some lunch we headed up onto the eastern seawall and got an eyeball of the highlight of the day, possibly even month; a Great white egret. It was on the the closest section of North Binness Island (the one with the dead trees). Unfortunately it didn’t hang around long and after allowing me to take a couple of photos it took off, heading west climbing high over the reserve.
The highlights didn’t stop there however. Being just after high tide I headed out to have a look over the lake to make sure the the tidal flap was functioning correctly and not letting any sea water back into the lake. Luckily everything was good and there were great numbers of waders on the exposed mud. There was the usual fine selection, predominately consisting of Godwit and Redshank. Along the back of the lake were two Jack snipe, while six Pintail were bobbing around in the centre. Like the two Wigeon also present, the Pintail were in eclipse meaning they are looking rather indistinct and drab.
On the way back to the hut I had a quick look over the waders and gulls on the stream. This Spotted redshank was feeding on the most southernly edge of the stream, on its own away from the other waders.
Other sightings at Farlington have been; a Nightjar over the weekend (27th), an Avocet on the lake (27th), Cuckoo on the fenceline between the bushes and the lake (28th) , 84 Knot out in the harbour (26th) and a number of Wheatear, Stonechat and Whinchat around the reserve.
Here is a picture kindly sent in from Richard Lewis of the juvenile Cuckoo.