Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Exciting Nesting Activity News and a Brief Visit to Marsh Lane NR
We're thrilled to bits that the Blue Tit eggs started to hatch yesterday right on cue :) Its very difficult to count the chicks but today I have definitely counted six little beaks but I suspect there are a couple more.
A couple of record shots - not very good I know but the nest box camera is routed through the tv so I have to take a photo of the tv screen and the camera seems to pick up all the pixels. One of the newly hatched chicks and one of mum incubating them and remaining eggs.
I popped to Marsh Lane NR very briefly towards the end of last week. I knew I wouldn't have much time there but had even less than expected due to a road closure en route necessitating a detour and then when I arrived at the reserve it took me 10 minutes to get the key to open the first padlock!
It was a pleasant walk round the reserve though with hawthorn now coming into blossom and Lady's Smock, Greater Stitchwort, Forget-me-nots and Gorse all flowering. Dozens of Sand Martins (my first of the year) were feeding over Railway Pool and swooping very low over my head as I walked along the path. I also saw my first Ringed Plover of 2014.
Mute Swan on one of the smaller pools
Grey Squirrel feasting under the bird feeders
A coot sitting on her nest in front of one of the hides and
not far behind her an Oystercatcher sitting on eggs. Sorry about the poor photo the 70-300 mm lens is really useless when birds are at a distance.
Another poor record shot of a Redshank.
A Bonapartes Gull had seen at the reserve the previous day (a mega rarity which would have been a life tick for me) but there was no sign of it on the day I visited.