Even if the warblers have gone there are still a few migrant hawkers:reports on his return. We'll settle for a red kite down in the valley however - Brian Colley:
A couple of peregrines this aft, with marsh harrier daily - and plenty of sparrowhawks about - if not seen then crime scene:
As the light fades the gulls are moving in; a white crust described on O res this aft - Pics by Brian Colley of D res in the week:
On most observations the Mediterranean gull can be found amongst them but take some picking out - nearly as much as these characters - Brain Colley:
Also undertaking management have been the volunteers - we're currently working on North Scrub clearing routes for the new fence line this autumn for further conservation grazing. The idea is to control invasive hawthorn and willow before it completely smothers the grassland:
Nothing like a good fire; South Scrub after a warm September is barely recognisable from a couple of postings back - regrowth of all grasses minus thatch:
A bit of water parsnip planting - another 30 plants into South Marsh West - Mike in the mud:
Elsewhere otter seen on North Marsh yesterday - and some cracking fungi about at present. If you are thinking of enjoying them please sample them photographically only. As has recently been relayed in the popular media there have been a lot of cases of fungi poisoning of late - and perhaps worse is the loss of interesting species that could be enjoyed by others around the reserve - such as the loss of the prince last week... details here.