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Rain , Rain, Rain .... again!

Wednesday, March 9th 2016

The rain fell on the reserve today - either heavy or not so heavy; it was raining when I started, rained when I finished. The brighter side of the wet stuff was that I was able to see where the water was standing on the road, and the footpaths .... so out came the drain rods, and a spade to clear anything backing up.

Greylag popped in near the Barn Owl nest box on the wetland, together with a statuette Heron standing nearby but looking miserable .

Glennis had been up on the training area, the land west of the reserve, and had noted 5 sightings of Short-eared Owl , the photos were particularly good . There are between 620-2180 breeding pairs in the North and Scotland, with about 5,000-50,000 birds over wintering, hence winter is a great time to see them especially as they are daytime flyers.

Another sighting today was a Weasel whilst I was repairing some board walk slats toward the outdoor classroom, the little monkey was so fast that to focus the camera was near impossible before it disappeared . Stoats are larger than a weasel , and physically heavier, able to take on a full grown rabbit, but for me the main thing to look out for is the black tipped tail that is present on the Stoat. Sadly Weasels prey on Water Voles.

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