Before reading this post why not tune into a cracking theme track by reserve member Matthew Newlove. Matthew's been coming down to the reserve for the last year and rather than brandishing a camera has compiled this excellent recording of birdsong and wildlife around the reserve - a great way of experiencing a different angle on nature. To listen click here.
Our winter works are finally at an end on the reserve; We've undertaken many different projects since January but the major one had been to regenerate the southern marshes for wading birds. Water again welled back into the marsh:
8 whimbrel on the D res wall on the 25th, 3 on the 10th,
Common sandpiper on the wall on the 30th, 2 on the 2nd, 5 on the 3rd, and singles 12th, 15th,
Dunlin on the 3rd, 5th on SME, 14th Watton NR.
3 turnstone on the 3rd on SMW
Green sandpiper on the 5th on SME
Temminck's stint was around the southern reserve on the 8th:
Wood sandpiper on the 9th with another whimbrel (pictures and write up on Martin Hodges site here)
Male ruff on the 15th.
Its now a case of steady away during breeding season before we start having a play with water levels some more as of June the 15th when autumn starts (sorry - 1st green sandpiper and its all over - so make the most of the next month!). That said damselflies are now on the wing - large red - Brian Colley:
The favourable winds on the 23rd of April also saw cuckoos up at North Marsh and as ever we are pleased with annual return rates on cuckoos. We surmise that the invertebrate life of the reserve's reed beds and a continued healthy population of warblers still yield productive grounds for the birds in spite of their upland and farmland declines. Evidence suggests we still have at least 3 calling males on the reserve and Roy and Andy described a magical night on the 7th when North Marsh was alive with birds all over often immediately in front of the hide with multiples about. Roy:
blog. Elsewhere vocal blackcap - Brian Colley: