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.
Well the sun is out again giving beautiful blue skies and the young herons are sporting beautiful pale blue plumage and the young lapwings are starting to show the iridescent blue and green plumage. So far we are well ahead on our numbers of young with 22 young lapwings from 11 nests and the herons have 7 young out of 19 birds counted we cannot be sure about the number of nests as well at present as we have not found their heronry but 19 it the most we have ever had on the reserve at anytime of the year. Redshanks have done very well with 4 nests and 5 young seen and often you will see adults but no young as you can see from the inserted picture they all have red legs but the easy age distinguisher is the colour of the bill.
We have started to draw down the water levels in Lagoon 1 and 5 also field 2 wetland these are for basic management but lagoon 5 is in need of some remedial work so will be fully drained down for work to be carried out later in the year.
Well a bit early for the title of this blog. Anyway just an up date on the breeding waders and a few bits a pieces in general.
well on the lapwing side things are going well we have lost a few but until we get a final count of flying young I am loathed to commit to a number but there are still 7 pairs defending young some have made the journey out on to the saltmarsh and others have remained on the lagoons yesterday have counted one family of four almost at flying stage and two others at about 20 day old while watching these the adults were mobbing two families of redshank and a count of five young. we have had a little egret back in the last week and today a pink footed goose and two male tufty ducks. Looks like the herons have had a good year with 2 young on lagoon five and six cygnets being looked after closely by mum and dad.
the Saltmarsh is looking good with large areas of thrift in bloom and the native flag iris showing well the hawthorn as well has put on a good show. Butterflies are flitting around wit wall brown and red admiral being noted.
Another blog later in the month with more news on the lapwings