So, in a few hours time the New Year will commence in an explosion of cheers and fireworks and probably not too long after all the festivities have died down the first Robin and Song Thrush will welcome in 2015.
And so at 0700 tomorrow morning I will be opening up the reserve in the pre-dawn light. The weather is not forecasting the glorious sunshine and crisp starts of recent days but I believe the rain is meant to hold off so there should be a good opportunity to get out onto the reserve and kick start your year list! To be honest, not being frozen will mean more birds to see.
And on that front we currently have 16 teams for the year long reserve bird race but I am happy to have more so please email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more details if you would like to join in. It is just for fun and I hope that it will encourage you to visit more often and will inevitably improve the birdwatching skills!
I will post a list of the Team names after the 12th January and will also post a list of the Scores on the Doors at the end of each month.
Phrag in the setting sunshine (Tony O'Brien)
See you all in the morning!
Yesterday was New Years Eve Eve and it was once again glorious. The marsh was still largely frozen and the birding was still fine with the Marsh Harriers once again putting on a show along with a Peregrine spectacular in the afternoon with the adult pair spending some time perched out on the main flood with quite obviously full bellies!
Bloater.... Peregrine (Neil Hughes)
Marsh Harrier at close range (Jerry Hoare)
The Stonechats were very showy and posed for photos and the winter thrushes were still lurking around the centre munching berries with aplomb.
Stonechat (Louis Halladey)
Stonechat (Neil Hughes)
The Bearded Tits and Siberian Chiffchaff was seen (and heard) again in the Northern reedbed and several 'normal' Chiffchaffs were also encountered.
Chiffchaff (Dave Blackwell)
and more on this Peregrines a little later on.... it will be worth the wait...
Our female Kestrel was getting some severe gyp yesterday morning as she foolishly hovered over the centre feeders. The Starlings scattered (she was looking for Rats) and the Magpies noticed her and gave chase resulting in some serious FBH (Feather Bodily Harm) over the car park and right in front of a very appreciative Mark Vale.....
Great stuff and a moment well and truly captured!