A couple of nice finds this week (omitting the near resident ring necked duck seen daily on D res or Watton NR - most recent pictures on Dave Ware's Wolds Birdlife page); black tern on Wednesday was a nice seasonal visit. We usually reckon on a visit by these continental breeding terns on their migration on at least one occasion a year - thanks to Roy L for this one (tern bottom nearly obscured by swifts!):
Richard Sears last week - photo by Erich Hediger:
blog for some great new pics. Remember to be about on site after 6pm you need to be a member - but there were a pair of otters showing on North Marsh at 10am last Saturday. At the other end of the spectrum your more likely to find something new looking in the undergrowth. Thanks to Doug Fairweather for this new addition - water ladybird - the first recorded on site ever:
blog with a nice array of hoverflies - no doubt details of the new micro moth sp to follow too and pale prominent pictures - an uncommon addition to the Moth list for the first time in a few years. Martin also witnessed an impressive sight on Wednesday - the osprey which was still around today attempting to catch a hare on Decoy Fields, whilst in the foreground a swift was caught by the now proficient sparrowhawk. Still plenty to go at though - 1000's on the reservoir daily thanks to Roy L for this:
ringing team under Graham Scott have again restarted for season. Interestingly these two blackbirds were re-caught last week. They were both rung as adults in the scrub way back in 2010 - making them at least 4 years old and more than likely still a pair as caught just a couple of feet apart:
British Dragonfly Society recorder for this area:
here. Highly recommended...
The Meadows have been colonised by lady's smock now - in amongst a range of other exciting shoots to study as summer goes on: