Saturday, 14 April 2012

Re-occurrence of the recurvence

The amorous pair of garganey may have not been too forthcoming since Thursday when Michael Flowers got some more photos (here). However they had been flighty before and had often been seen flying onto the river so may well still be about.

However John Wilkinson this morning discovered an interesting sight for Tophill – a pair of avocet courting on South Marsh East – I believe a first for the reserve. It is possible they have been flooded off another site with all the recent rain; hopefully they’ll stay:

Another sighting was 8 ruff which stopped on the marsh briefly yesterday before carrying on their journey north.

Dave Ware has some great photos of the short eared owl on his blog. During his visit he also bagged the first calling cuckoo of the year in the north marsh / scrub area – no one has yet seen it though.

Water voles have been popular at North Marsh, with a variety of great pics from Tony McLean on the Flickr page.

Elsewhere egyptian goose and plentiful swallows and willow warblers.

Now is also a great chance to introduce the Yorkshire Nature Triangle. The project co-ordinated by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust aims to make the most of the great wildlife destinations across and adjacent to East Yorkshire, with resultant benefits for the local economy. Click here to visit the newly launched website. We’ll be keeping you updated on progress as the project develops and you'll likely see a lot more of the puffin logo: