Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Autumn Gold

Unfortunately no amur falcon yet - but in the meantime a few more migrants have been arriving for winter. A flock of golden plover passed the O reservoir on Friday - only a hundred strong but no doubt more are to follow:

No sign of the redwing and fieldfare reported on the coast yet though. At least the swallows and martins are still present and the return of a grey wagtail livened things up, but the strong westerlies of recent days havn't done much for the passage of waders or raptors. A lone dunlin was on Watton NR yesterday, with a smattering of curlew being the best. Peregrine was again reported on saturday, with another two hobby - but views such as this sparrowhawk were the best I saw:

However Tony McLean managed better of both the buzzard and marsh harrier on his blog - as well as yet another quality kingfisher pic...

Contributor Alan Walkington sent us this picture of 'one of a number' of cormorants now at the reserve drying his wings out on North Marsh - thanks Alan:

Once the wind eased today Michael Flowers class got good views of the faithful kingfishers along with a common buzzard and marsh harrier - pics on the blog

Dragonfly photography was fruitful - as the wind was too high for them - so this migrant hawker and ruddy darter were both obliging:

Fungi have been coming into fruit across the site - check out Martin's blog for the first of many updates this autumn. If you wish to know more why not join our fungi walk on the 17th of October - booking in advance is necessary but there are still places available - 01377 270690.

Equally if you want to beat the winter blues why not help out with practical work on the reserve this Sunday at 10am - concreting and tree chopping for all...