connoisseurs find great pleasure in today's courting pair of Mediterranean gulls - Karen Williams.
Mark Holmes - apparently a nice pike here:
We've had salmonids, rudd and today a flat fish brought in as offerings. The suggestion is that the chicks hatched around the 24th of April. According to the stats this would suggest that the emergence date will be approximately the 18th / 19th of May - feel free to organise sweep stake as to exactly when the ceremonial assemblage will occur on the stick. Please be courteous when viewing and photographing the birds and allow others a chance to view.
Its likely the first brood will decamp to north marsh as is tradition, followed by a strong likelihood of a second brood so we'll have this all over again! We'll put the caveat on though that remember they are wild and subject to the rules of the wild - we'll not count our chicks just yet as there some shady characters about - egg rustling stoat - Bill Eggleton:
Undoubtedly appreciating the better weather rather than the snow last April are the little ringed plovers - currently scrapping it out in pint sized fashion on the southern marshes - Francis Bell:
Some other nice birds we did get included wood sandpiper and a smart little gull - Roy Vincent:
Wood Sandpiper May 1st
Swift May 1st
Whimbrel April 30th...
Greenshank April 30th
Cuckoo April 30th (now 3 - 4 calling males on site)
Arctic Tern April 29th
Garden Warbler April 23rd.
Common Tern April 23rd
Grasshopper Warbler April 20th
Whitethroat April 19th
Reed Warbler April 15th
Sedge Warbler April - Martin Hodges:
House Martin April 10th
Wheatear April 10th
Yellow Wagtail April 9th
Garganey April 2nd
Swallow April 1st
Willow Warbler March 30th
Blackcap March 30th
Little Ringed Plover - March 24th
Osprey - March 21st
Sand Martin - March 17th
Other resident breeders doing well - grey wagtail gathering up food on D res wall:
And barn owls sat on the nest at present - Maurice Dowson:
Nice to see this ugly duckling too - this rather scruffy little egret was re-habilitated last year after being found exhausted over the river and nursed back to health by staff at Peel Veterinary clinic Hornsea. The ringing team happened to be present at the time so it was tagged and released - though never really looked too good for the following month until it disappeared:
A year later and this smart beast has reappeared - Martin Hodges:
It can't be fully read as yet - but certainly many digits match of those seen on the ring which is on the correct leg so it is more than likely the bird survived and has returned to the reserve. They just need to get breeding in that heronry now...