As per the last post really - we're still looking to the reed beds for the main interest at the moment. The great white egrets are the star birds of the moment with two going to roost at the side of the south marsh west last week. Sightings are somewhat erratic during day time - Brian Colley picked up a bird in Barmston Drain at Hempholme Lock last week:
But as always nothing's clear cut in nature and the habitats we make are always the best mix of compromises in many cases. Willows are a useful resource for many species and when kept in check are a welcome asset. One example was found on north marsh when the willows were being cleared to keep the kingfisher vistas open. Lukas uncovered this wholesome looking grub gnawing its way through a stump - after being photographed and returned by Pete, Barry Warrington suspected this could be a lunar hornet clearwing larvae:
Equally interesting and puzzling - one of our long tailed tits ringed by the team in summer was caught at Flamborough Bird Observatory three weeks back. I'm not really sure of the logic to this direction when everything else is going the other way but interesting none the less. Catching season for moths is pretty tail endish now - with clues in the name of Doug's latest efforts - December moth:
next year in a similar manner to the pair of marsh harriers somewhat resident on the southern marshes. Even food passing last week which seems a bit premature.
Otherwise the starling roost continues with otter being seen last Sunday - so sunsets on South Marsh West seem to be the pick experience of the moment. Otherwise the barnacle, pink feet and bean goose seem to be still in the greylag/Canada flock but tricky as groups move in and out. Drake pintail was a smart addition on Watton on Sunday and of higher provenance than the now 5 red crested pochard on D res constantly. Small numbers of goldeneye, redwing, fieldfare and curlew building. A late green sandpiper last week as written up on Steve Routledge's blog, along with merlin and peregrine and perhaps Erich's short eared owl a stone's throw from the reserve at Leven Carrs will give us a whirl as well this winter...