Friday 18th January

The swan number is now down to five, the resident pair keep harassing the new comers and won’t be happy until they all leave.
The number of birds waitng at the feeders in the morning has increased with this cold spell, Blackbirds especially, but they are difficult to count, managed a shot of a few along with Goldfinches on the Niger.

Bob and Bri

Cows late Christmas

As mentioned in the last blog, Brian moved his cattle into the fields, but he still has quite a number of hay bales to shift and today two enterprising cows managed to start to unwrap one, see photos.
We often come across painted stones lying at various places around the reserve and other day three with seasonal scenes and instructions, were left on the seats at Earnse Bay.

Bob and Bri

Tuesday 8th january

It’s been a very dark start to the year but today a bit of sunshine to lift the spirits( not the liquid kind).
Brian has been having a few problems with his cattle escaping through the fallen fences and wandering down as far as the chalets at Earnsy Bay but this weekend he put a stop to their plans by putting them into the two fields.
The swan population on the long pond has settled at nine but it’s too many for some of the occupants and battles are constant. These skirmishes are very serious and sometimes end in a fatality, a few weeks ago, one was found dead on the side of the pond, part eaten, with the head missing, possibly a result of the above. One pair of swans are oblivious to the fighting. (H6P) see attached photo.

Number of birds at the feeders has been low over the last week but today they were back to normal. A Water Rail was a rare visitor this week, but the Carrion Crows are there every morning waiting for us to leave.

Bob and Bri