Interesting week— thurs 8th march was a dry day,so set off to walk around the west side of the reserve following the tide line for anything of interest (big tides next few days).Rounding the end of the Island near the two small shore side ponds (101/2) I noticed movement on the tideline—turned out to be a ferret complete with harness (but no lead).The little critter was very tame and ran up to me and climbed up the outside of my leg.After my own version of ‘Riverdance’ the pesky thing climbed down and started to follow me while I pondered how to take it safely back home.Running out of ideas I sadly left it and continued back.
Repeated my walk on Saturday 10th and found a mesh bag on the shoreline ‘just in case’. The thought of coming across the little chap again amongst the acres of dunes seemed very remote,and after a couple of hours I stowed the bag for ‘next time’—,but as I made my way back there he was,wandering along without a care.I pulled out my overtrousers and did my best to capture him , he did’nt seem quite pleased with my attempts and promptly bit through my finger!!.After a version of the ‘Hand Jive’ the sweet little thing finally let go. Sad to say I gave up the task of ‘rescuing’ him and left him there—watch this space.
This morning (Sun 11th) was quite tame in comparison,but after an early start on a nice still morning, I watched a group of magpies,nine in total mobbing a female roe deer—never seen or heard of that before.
Lovely sunny day,walked northwards along the beach round to scarth,never seen the wreck (Anastasia) so exposed.Cut up through the dunes and found a thrushes anvil with hundreds of banded snail remains,there have been a lot of migrant thrushes this year.
Carried on through the dunes and as I passed through the last locked farm gate I noticed an old chap bent double carrying two white buckets,looked like a paddy field rice worker.I shouted over but my Chinese is not that good so he never replied.You see all sorts on the reserve!!.
Hi, bird count for Monday 20th Feb.– At the long pond it was quiet again with 2 swans and the white mallard and a few other mallards.
At the north feeder 2M-1F bullfinch, 3 great tits, 4 robins, 2M-1F reed buntings, 7 chaffinch, 3M-1F blackbirds, 3 dunnocks and 14 greenfinch.
Quiet here also in numbers but loud with bird song in nearby trees and bushes as the birds start the breeding season.
The count for today Tuesday 21st Feb. At the fishing pond there was a solitary dab diving away searching for food.
The long pond produced 2 swans, 4 canada geese, the white mallard and his associates. 3M-2F tufted ducks and 2 male mergansers.
At the north feeder–2M-2F bullfinches, 2 great tits, 3 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 3M-1F reed buntings, 7 chaffinch, 2 dunnocks,
3M-1F blackbirds, 3 goldfinch and 14 greenfinch. Also heard a thrush singing nearby and a woodpecker flew by.
Hi, a heron took flight from the fishing pond and settled at the long pond but not for long as it took
flight again as we approached. The white mallard and 12 other mallards and the 2 swans had breakfast with Bri.
At the north end of the pond were 2M-1F tufted ducks which later joined the others…too late missed the breakfast.
At the north feeder :- 1M-1F bullfinch, 2 great tits, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 2M-2F blackbirds, 2M-2F reed buntings,
1 dunnock, 5 chaffinch, 11 greenfinch and 4 goldfinch….still on the quiet side.
Another overcast day, no roses or chocolates for the birds on this site, just the usual seed and nuts. Very quiet on the feeders today numbers were very low:- 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit 1 F Bullfinch, 2M 2F Blackbirds, 2 Greenfinch, 2M 2f Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Magpie, 4 robins, 1 dunnock, and 1 Coal Tit.
But the Tufted were out in force 6 pairs on the long pond, see pic of some, the tame super sub striker was out again while feeding the swans, will try and take a video tomorrow if light is better
This morning was overcast and a bit drizzly, Blackcombe has been decapitated. Bob not present today so no bird count, hope to do better tomorrow, a few goldfinch on feeders see pic, good to watch them squabbling. Also watched the super submarine striker (male tufted), same profile as yesterday, would submerge about 10 foot from the feeding ducks and swans and come up from underneath to pinch the bread, sneaky!!
Also found the badgers have returned to the set near the old tip, lots of fresh activity, could be the female having young away from the main set, then retuning when they are a little older.