Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Trimley Update

Hi everyone, I am back. I enjoyed my annual fill of country music at the CMA Country Fest in Nashville. Then it was onto Vegas where I won and lost. I had a brilliant day birding in the desert and mountains. New birds included Mountain Bluebird, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Lazuli Bunting and Sprague’s Pipit.

While I have been away it has been quiet for birds on the reserve but we are now seeing the beginning of the autumn migration with several Spotted Redshank, male Ruffs and Green Sandpipers. Today, there was a brood of Yellow Wagtails and Cetti’s Warblers.

Good news, Barn Owls have produced 4 chicks, the first for anywhere on the Orwell in years.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Snape Marshes

A busy day at Snape, the main track was refurbished with 100 tons of crushed asphalt thanks to Cemex, Anglian Water and Barry Day and Sons.

Observations - Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoos, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Four-spot Chasers, Hairy Dragonflies, lots of Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies.  Butterflies included Orange Tip, Small Copper and Common Blue.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Trimley Reserve update

The Bearded Tits have sucessfully fledged at least 2 young.  Other highlights include a pair of Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

The number of gull chicks on the rafts are in excess of 130 with many more clutches still to hatch.  This morning I ringed 60 chicks.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Trimley Reserve

A Puss Moth seen on the reeds close to the boardwalk today.