Thursday, 23 May 2013


Reports: 6 little grebe, 18 Canada Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 white throat and 30 Dunlin on the shore have been spotted this week. The resident barn owls and little owls have also been very obliging while we carried out evening walks over the last couple of weeks. 


Speaking of other flying wildlife I recorded at least 5 different bat species while out on the reserve last night. Definetly heard pips, noctules and soprano pips. We'll analyse the sonograph to confirm which species of myotis were heard.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

1st Canada goslings out on May 6th. Others well along the hatching conveyor belt, 3 Canada broods on the 7th, 18 Tufted Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler of note.
Ringing station bank holiday weekend: 44 birds processed today, many birds with brood patches. Details and pictures on their website.
Ed Drewitt led a dusk bird walk for the reserve volunteers on Tuesday the 7th of May. It was a beautiful evening. We heard cetti's song and saw the usual suspects along wharf lane. The Little Owl greeted us at the start of the walk and we were very fortunate that a water vole put on a fantastic show as we were heading towards the sea wall. We saw wimbrel by the estuary and a fox darting across the foreshore.
There was a great Crested Grebe on the main North Pool this morning (8/5).

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

April Highlights

15.04:Mini fall of migrants early on, 150+ Sand Martin, 100 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 12+ Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 15+ 'Willow/Chiffs', 5 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler (middle hide), our 1st of the spring.

 The ringing station is up and running in the sanctuary again. The first redstart (female) was ringed last Sunday. Please visit this site for totals and a photo gallery,

Other wildlife photographed this month include these amazing shots of a heron, water rail (both taken by John Rickard) and the long-eared owl (Gary Thoburn).

Thursday, 28 February 2013

We were very excited to receive these photos of a doxen waxwing spotted by John Henry Sartain at 4pm on Monday. They were spotted on Wharf lane near the middle hide and are a rare visitor to our reserve. Thanks for the photos!

 Also, a lovely photo of a water rail, taken by John Rickard (thanks!), yesterday afternoon. There are currently two pairs residing near the middle hide.

Monday, 18 February 2013

A new summer home

In the Autumn we created a new nesting island and a sandmartin bank in the south pools field (pictures below). The island is weathering in nicely and has already had some winged visitors, including lapwing, curlew and tufties. The persistent rain submerged the majority of it leaving an ideal habitat for waders. With the help of volunteers we will be filling the drainage pipes in the sandmartin bank with sand this week. Hopefully, the new bank will catch the attention of some sandmartins this summer and provide them with a nice summer home.

There have also been more reported sightings of barn owls recently. Please keep the reports coming in.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hope everyone is keeping warm and enjoyed the beautiful views created by the snow today. If you made it out for a stroll around the reserve today and took any photos I would love to see them.
Barns: the Little Owl back on its usual ledge.
Fields: 1 Barn Owl to 9am..
Pools: 64 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck.
Estuary/saltmarsh: 10 Canada Goose, 25 Wigeon, 310 Teal, 500 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, all Chapel Pill end.

This fox was also spotted on the 16th. It was in the south pools field eyeing up a curlew!

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Happy New Year

14/01/13, WeBS: 6 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 44 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 9 Mallard, 16 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 47 Coot, 14 Moorhen, 17 Lapwing, 18 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull.
Other stuff: the Little Owl (barns after short absence), 1 Raven.

Little Grebes have been doing well at this site since the pools were created in 2005. In winter, most of them congregate on the main pool but later disperse in spring to breed, some to the smaller pools and ditches nearby or away from the site altogether.

Best numbers usually occur in early autumn (up to 20 seen) with a mixture of residents+locally grown young and newly arrived migrants from elsewhere.