A certain highlight however have been bittern; they've yet to be seen elsewhere but appear to roost nightly at Watton Nature Reserve - two being seen on the 19th - Steve Hines captured these shots of one:
Perhaps surprising has been the lack of notable geese amongst the sedentary greylags this year - no white fronts or pink feet as yet - Brian Colley:
Goldfinch by Darren Smith:
For anyone wishing to see all the above and more we'll be running the popular year listing event on January the 1st. We aim to keep a running tally through the day of species found which can be into the 70's; Two walks will be running with one at 10am and another at 1pm to try and rack up as many species as possible - free with standard admission no booking necessary.
Common buzzards over the reserve - Roy Vincent:
A reminder too that we'll be looking through this years photos submitted to the blog or flickr for the new membership card - closing date 31st Dec. Winner gets a years membership.
Just a note to say thanks to everyone who has helped out on the reserve this year - many hours of great volunteer work helping out in conservation and survey work and visitor help have been given. If blogging has been a bit Spartan of late it is because we've been doing a lot of planning and prep work for habitat work this winter - crowning work of which is a project to return North Lagoons back into operation; So some great things to look forward to in 2015.
Last one an otter in North Marsh by Roy Vincent recently;