Monday, 5 April 2010

Easter weekend

This bank holiday weekend started well with the first returning blackcap and willow warblers reported of the year - by Monday willow warblers were plentiful. Also on Friday was a male marsh harrier over Watton Carrs, with peregrine falcon on the pylons (pictured - HVWG) and the white buzzard reported too over the weekend. A pair of little-ringed plover were seen within the Water Treatment Works compound. Engrailed moth pictured was the best of around 45 caught, most being clouded drabs and hebrew characters. A rather windy monthly reserve walk on Saturday morning turned up 2 grey heron, hares, lapwing, sparrowhawk and some otter tracks amongst others. A dozy grass snake ventured out on 'O' Res. on Saturday afternoon, which turned out to be more awake than I thought - see video. Bird of the day on Sunday was an off course young male common scoter on Watton NR as pictured. Red-head smew and brambling are still clinging on too. A secretive water rail was caught on our trail camera, and finally our resident fox reminded us of Easter's biblical origins by performing his own miracle in front of assembled cormorant disciples...see video below.