A Wet Weekend

Sunday, March 4th 2012

Although it has been a wet weekend, the feeders around Foxglove have been very active.  One of the visitors managed to get this fleeting image of the first of two Marsh Tits on the lakeside feeders. Today, Sunday, saw a Marsh Tit on the feeders outside the  Field Centre kitchen.

On the main feeders at the centre there has been much activity all day; both male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers, around 30 Lesser Redpoll, as many Chaffinches, and around a dozen Siskin.  There were also Greenfinches, a single Brambling, Bullfinches and several other species including Reed Bunting. 

marsh tit

During yesterday's sunny spells the frogs could be heard croaking quite loudly as they spawned. Today there were  two pairs of Greylag Geese on the lake. One pair were aggressively defending the feeders from the new arrivals. 

greylags at the lake feeders

Thanks to one of our visitors for these photographs.

Some of the ringing team, taking advantage of the poor weather which had prevented ringing taking place, had an 'away day' at Leighton Moss.  Among 60 or so species seen were Little Egret, Spotted Redshank, Marsh Harrier, Snow Geese, Glossy Ibis and Bittern.  Water Rail were heard calling loudly - but, alas, never seen!  It was a fun and informative day - and lots of food for thought!


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