With grey heron sometimes dropping in to help:
A good number of lesser redpolls around the lagoons and still there today,as too have been the 2 male and 1 female goosander on D res. Willow tit seen back in the woods - will they and marsh breed this year? Peregrine causing mayhem over Hempholme last weekend chasing the lapwings. My reactions weren't fast enough so this is as good as it got as it launched from the poplars near the Angus McBean hide:
And this weasel - a remarkably under-photographed mammal on the reserve:
link is well worth a look for a host of interesting data on the animals. Unfortunately the team cannot be contacted at the moment and the EA locally don't recover carcasses; so turning up with a by now slightly rancid otter carcass at the post office may well have been ill received. Therefore it has been laid to rest in the reserve. Still useful infomration to be derived - including a possible proxy reserve tick (literally):
Erich made a similar grim discovery.
Some have already speculated but we can only refer back to the informaton in this prior blog posting regarding the facts of the otter population on the river - and reassure that we have found fresh spraints on the reserve since - but for an animal with a large ten mile range for male or six for a female it is disturbing to lose four from the Hull Valley in a week.
Just to brighten the mood this barn owl was found dead next to the reserve yesterday. We're still awaiting the ring return on the bird and the results of a post mortem. The bird has clear trauma to the back of the head - but as has been suggested is similar to that of a stoat injury? It also has the heady air of fox to it too - so perhaps it has been caught out on the ground after becoming ill in recent weather conditions?