Saturday, 31 December 2011

Year end

Thanks to HVWG and Martin for todays updates:

2 bittern showing at Watton NR with a red-head smew and a roosting long-eared owl - in addition to the one Tom Lowe had yesterday hunting Struncheonhill at the northern end of the complex - it would seem that long-eared's are as prevalent as short-eared's around the reserve but more difficult to find.

Two short eared owls were again at Struncheonhill with a ring-tailed hen harrier on the go around D res.

The last sighting of the green-winged teal was on the 29th and the greenland-white front on the 28th - so still a chance for Jan 1st.

2011 draws to a close with a final 1st winter mediterranean gull on D res roost.

Over all we've had an excellent year at the reserve with some great birds from the purple heron onwards, and some great conservation works with the new Hempholme Meadows project and sand martin colony. Big thanks to all the volunteer teams and individuals that have helped out in umpteen ways over the year.

Hopefully 2012 will be equally good...