It’s still wellie weather on the reserve, ponds are quickly filling up.
The local female swan (TYP) has disappeared but we think it’s mate is on his own on the fishing pond and another pair, with a blue ringed female, have been on the long pond.
Brian finally removed the last of the hay bales at the weekend and has left the cows north of the last fence.
Art Gene have replaced the hinge post of the memorial gate, with one much larger in diameter and sunk a lot deeper.
Skylarks are now being noticed but with this weather they are not doing much singing.
A Coal Tit returned to the feeders today, see hazy photos.
Bob and Bri
During the hot weather we had a look in a few pond for any signs of frogs and spawn, found various amounts of spawn in the ponds located just after the horse field and also could here the males calling, but further on in the reserve, could not find any signs in the checked ponds.
Also in the horse field, an Oyster Catcher was just on the other side of the wall enjoying the sun, but it had great difficulty in walking, one of the legs was severely damaged.
On the walk back along Red Ley lane, a lone Green Finch was calling, not seen any on the reserve for quite some time now.
The morning calm on the fishing pond was broken by the fighting between two male swans, the resident pair had moved back from the long pond, where they have been for the past month, to find another male, who has been safely keeping out of their way, until this morning.
This male has no chance against the resident, his neck is much smaller in diameter and is no match against the larger male, see the video attached.
You would think after all the fighting he would take the first opportunity to leave but he was still there two hours later.
The two areas near the seat are now in full bloom, see photos, the actual location can be seen on the attached copy of Google map. The clump on the left are under the tree canopy and not easy to find, but the undergrowth around the others has been cleared and are much easier to view.
At the moment we are down to the original nesting pair on the long pond, (female white ring (TYP)
and on on the fishing pond one (male no ring)
On the others we had late last year, Colin from the south end has given us the details:-
4CVS – Forton Lancs – 17/9/17
H6P – Ormsgill Reservoir – 14/8/11
4BTC – Thurnham Lancs – 20/8/15
4CPA – Ormsgill Reservoir – 14/9/16
The tree surgeons have been back clearing areas around wet spots, and this time have burned the cuttings, not sure if they have yet finished, will attach photos as soon as we think the job is complete.
Bob and Bri
As we set off on the walk yesterday, just before sunrise (reason photos are grainy), a Song Thrush was breaking up a snail and too focused to notice us.
The new airfield tower is near completion and on Saturday managed to catch the sun rising behind.
Waders were again at the edge of the tide on Saturday see shots.
Ponds were frozen hard on Saturday with only small holes of water kept open by the swans, see photos.
This cold snap has brought lots of birds to the feeders, see some of the photos below,
and encouraged three Herons, two Goldeneye and a pair of Mergansers to look for food in the ponds.
It was high tide when returning to the car and a few waders were found resting on the rocks at Earnse Bay.
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.
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.