Good morning. There has been a lot to see over the last couple of days so without any further ado, here are some recent sightings from Wednesday onwards:

I led two sessions of family activities and up at the Washland viewpoint mid-morning, we saw the following:

In the afternoon, a kingfisher was showing at the edge of the visitor centre pond and a greenshank flew over the washland, calling as it went. There was also a reasonably large flock of bearded tits calling near the Washland viewpoint in the afternoon sunshine.

On Thursday, a kingfisher was feeding at the edge of the visitor centre pond for most of the day.

There was a lot going on yesterday so here is a fairly comprehensive report of what was seen throughout the day.

I went up to the Washland viewpoint before work and saw the following:

Site Manager Dave saw a woodcock in Brandon Fen and a grey wagtail was feeding on the vegetation in the visitor centre pond. Volunteer Phil was also out on the reserve with his camera and here are some of his pictures:

Male bearded tit:


Image credits: Phil Hammond

Thank you very much to Phil for sharing these great images with us.

The washland received a lot of coverage in the afternoon and here are some of the highlights:

I spent some time up to the Washland viewpoint with my telescope before work this morning and saw the following:

There was some excitement just as we opened when local birders Ian and Kath saw three hawfinches in Brandon Fen. Although they didn't hang around for long, I did manage to see them myself as I walked down to rescue the bins from the end of the entrance track.

There has been plenty to see this morning with waders being the main source of interest so far. Volunteer John saw two green sandpipers and a redshank on the pool north of East Wood. Ian and Kath saw four dunlins and a greenshank from the Washland viewpoint.

Please note that there are now cattle grazing on the riverbank Public Footpath between the Washland viewpoint and Joist Fen viewpoint. 

There is plenty to see at the moment so why not come and visit? We hope to see you soon!