Friday 21st February

Such a nice day yesterday, paid a visit to the feeders, all the Niger, Mixed Seed and Suet containers were empty but there were still some peanuts and fat balls and they were being hit by Blue and Great Tits.

On the ground were a few other varieties picking up the residue.
On the way up, there was a female Stonchat on the path, managed to take a couple of shots but the wind didn’t help, see shots, it looks like it caught a small lizard.

Bri

Paths under water

The reserve is suffering with excess water but not as bad as other parts of the country, we have been very lucky here. Every where is water logged and the rain has nowhere to go, we need a few dry days to allow it to drain away but that looks unlikely in the near future.
A couple of photos attached of the path from the fields.
The Coastal path signs have been erected and the path officially opened on the 11th Feb, but there are a few posts still not marked, the rules of he reserve have completely changed, more on that in the future, hopefully when everything has been completed.

Bob and Bri

Road Closed

The path past the chalet park has now eroded to such an extent, barriers were erected yesterday, to prevent access and this morning we found them open. As can be seen by the photos, the remaining path is extremely narrow and is undercut, it requires a more substantial barrier before it disappears completely.
Attached is a small video of birds on Geoff’s seat and one of the Male Bullfinches has really bad fungus on both legs, it can be seen very carefully trying to land, they must be quiet painful but it still has a good appetite.

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Storm Ciara damage 10th Feb

It must have been frightening listening to the storm last night, especially in the Chalets next to the road, no large pebbles were thrown up onto the road but further along, immediately past the reinforcement rocks, it certainly ravaged the rough path, see photos. There is still enough room for a car to drive up, but the next major storm and it will take the path and field wall down.

Bob and Bri

Sunday 19th January

We have lots of birds at the feeders,and just for a change we recorded them feeding on Geoff’s seat in slow motion, see attached video taken with a phone resting on the icon_10_generic_list.pngSlow motion video Geoff’s seat 19th Jan 2020.mp4x_8px.png
seat, it’s not the greatest quality but it gives a better view of how they feed, at normal speed they are just too fast.
Also can be seen is a Male Bullfinch with really bad fungus on it’s legs, and the bird noise sounds completely alien.

Bob and Bri

12th January 2020

Not much has changed on the ponds, still quite a few mallards and occasionally three to six Tufted, we have not seen the usual winter visitors, Mergansers or Pintail.

A lone male Swan has been a recent visitor, it could be the partner of the one that died last year.

The Bullfinch numbers at the feeders are rising there were 9 males the other day and we have a flock of Goldfinches waiting to be fed every morning, see snapshot from phone video attached.

 

30th Dec 2019

This will be last post for this year, with a couple of sunrises, which have been spectacular, but as soon as it appears the clouds descend and it’s back to dark and dismal.
Another shot of Goldfinches feeding on Niger seed on the ground under the feeders, others are on the hanging feeder, total flock af approximately 15 every day.

All the best for next year,
Bob and Bri