Other great works have included on Watton Nature Reserve - we're still pending a sale but are liaising with the EA in the interim to manage the habitat for this season. Lukas cuts back Tony McLean's vista on the far side:
page; And whilst we were down there we got this cracking view of a ruff in full breeding plumage on one of the rafts:
We've also done a lot of fencing work in the area, tree planting and scrub clearance - and everyone's involved - RSPB Wildlife Explorers get stuck into building a deluxe new grass snake refugia at East Pond:
So that's some of the work - now for the sightings;
Med gull plumaged up nicely by Roy Lyon:
Blackcap on the 28th
Sand Martin on the 28th
Willow Warbler on the 30th
Scaup present near daily (including the odd lesser-esque type hybrid) Roy Lyon:
The first swallow was on the 6th
The first house martin was on the 8th
Black tailed godwit moved through on the 10th
2 black necked grebe arrived on the 11th and are still present today. Some cracking photos by Roy Lyon:
The first yellow wagtail was on D wall on the 12th - Roy Lyon:
The 14th likewise saw a continental race white wagtail amongst the movement of pieds like this:
With the 17th seeing reed warbler on SMW and 4 whimbrel that afternoon on Watton
And today saw the first hobby of the year pursuing sand martins over Watton Nature Reserve. We also had credible reports of two red-rumped swallows feeding over the river Hull this morning - unfortunately a thankless task relocating them.
Red crested pochard are still around the reserve - Roy Lyon:
And cetti's very vocal (great pics by Jeff on Flickr). So all present and correct so far.
Just woken up are the grass snakes - the seeming annual breeding event occurred last Thursday with mating snakes everywhere - thanks to Steve Hines for these from North Marsh:
page as ever.
So all good - perhaps unless you are a horse chestnut tree. Doug Fairweather our resident fungi and insect brains found this on the flowering spikes of one of our trees on Saturday - yet to be identified is this a new curse alongside bleeding canker and leaf miner moth?