Hints of Autumn

Monday, September 29th 2014

Moorhen, Little Grebe and Mallard were on the lake today.  The Mallard are beginning to rest on the duck raft, so hopefully next year they may use it for nesting.

Mallard on the duck raft

There were several Mallard sitting  quietly on the water, some were preening, but one female was bathing!  Water was going everywhere!  Needless to say the other Mallard steered well clear of her!

Mallard bathing

Mallard bathing

Around the reserve autumn colours are beginning to appear.  The Spindle fruits are red.  We are hoping they will burst and show their orange seeds.

Spindle fruits

Sycamore trees along the Sycamore Avenue are just changing colour.

Autumn colour amongst the Sycamores

Devil's Bit Scabious, Fleabane and Hemp Agrimony are amongst flowers still in bloom, but their colours are not so vibrant as they were earlier in the summer.  However, sometimes something catches your eye. Some Red Poppies.

Red Poppies

Totals for ringing at the Crater have been added up and now stand at 1462 Mipits + 15 retraps, and 43 other birds of 11 species.  This data will be added to the species list, of over 100 species, recorded earlier in the summer.  Thank you to everyone who has helped with all of this work.

And finally - volunteers - tomorrow we will be back up at the wetland. There are a number of jobs to be done including moving the vegetation we took out of the ponds last week and there is still some pond clearance to be carried out.  Gorse needs to be removed from the perimeter fence. Wellies and clothes you don't mind getting mucky are recommended!


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