Well firstly the footpath is usable unfortunately the first people to use it are dog walkers and within day we are having to clear of dog mess from this new path. It makes me very cross that we have to constantly harp on about this with signs on site to remind people and personally I hate the countryside being littered with signs and as a dog owner my self that comes to work with me I clean up and take it home and bin it. That's my moan of the month.
While working on the path we have had the clerk of works inspecting making sure we are doing it right.
Actually joking apart this year we have seen more robins on the reserve than normal with along this 300m foot path 4 seeming to hold a quasi territory. Lots of chaffinches and blackbirds utilizing the wealth of berries that have come this season. This month saw a big influx of redwings and fieldfares with some mistle thrush and song thrush.
On the wader front curlew, redshank, oystercatcher on lagoon 1 and 5. Little egrets have been utilising lagoon 1 and the saltmarsh with 27 being the best count so far and at the northern end of the reserve big bird visited for the first week of November a great white egret.
Thanks to William Cluckie for the Photo
October already were has the year gone since my last blog in July a very wet and miserable summer has passed. August was the wettest since 2012 and made putting in the new western boundary path near impossible September did not do us any favours either with just short of 200mm new money 7and 5/8inches old but the volunteers have persisted and this week we set the final bits of geogrid so now just the tidying up and putting in seats and fence rails around the new pond and some moving of reed for cover.
on the bird front the whoopers have come back with 12 feeing on spilt cereal in the next field, golden plover and dunlin are back.
Pink footed,barnacle and pale bellied brent geese are back in the area with large scene's heading towards Stranraer also white fronted geese back at west freugh.
It is surprising how quickly the weather can change this week Monday was so hot and Wednesday so windy and wet typical British weather.
The Crook has attracted a few new breeding bird this year which has made the my job all the more pleasurable, as well as or success with the lapwings and redshanks we have had at least five broods of mallards and this last week three week old moorhen chicks and a parent on field 1 then out on the saltmarsh 6 young shelduck with the parents and finally today baby tree sparrows on the reserve we have been trying to get them to move along the bay by putting up clusters of nest boxes and it is paying off with ten youngsters seen feeding in the wild flower meadow. Giving them this chance of dispersal allows them to move to more advantageous areas to feed within the nesting site. We have noted this week willow warblers starting to move south on there long trek back to Africa.
Ospreys have been seen as usual feeding at high tide in the bay on calmer days.