Now that we're well into June, the nesting activity of most birds has reached the fledgling stage. This included the single Tawny Owl chick, in the nest box behind the Forest School, which has now vacated the nest.
However, the Marsh Harriers are continuing to feed their four young, with the parents making sporadic flights away from the nest. The young will be at an advanced stage of development by now and should be fledgling any time soon.
|Early bumblebee sitting on a Foxglove flower.|
|Common Lizard on the edge of the boardwalk.|
The following was seen since 12.30pm:
Buzzard x 2
Bullfinch x 2
Red Kite x 1
Greenfinch x 3
Dunnock x 1
Reed Warbler x 4 - Plenty of nesting activity across the reserve. One individual was seen regularly visiting a nest immediately in front of the Johnson hide.
Jay x 2
Lapwing x 1
Swift x 3
Reed Bunting x 2
Canada Goose x 1
Greylag Goose x 1
Common Tern x 1 - It's likely to be the same bird that was seen during our previous visit. It continued to make plunging dives into the water, in front of the Whitley Hide.
Goldfinch x 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 2
Marsh Harrier x 1 - The female was seen flying low over the reed bed at around 3.45pm. The male had been seen earlier in the day.
There were good views of a Water Vole, sitting on some broken reeds, in the middle of Bittern Drain. Also, there were numerous Red Admirals flying across the reserve.