Friday, 7 July 2017

Passing the food at Blacktoft

My day for reception hide duty at Blacktoft, so I arrived at 8am so that I had time for a quick look round before opening up at 9am.
As I walked along the path towards Marshland hide, sedge warblers were singing in the early morning sunshine.
This little egret was on one of the islands and I noticed its yellow feet first!
It also had a yellow ring on its leg, more news of that on Petes blog soon. A ruff was standing near the egret and there has been a steady trickle of these birds through the reserve this week. Some of the birds are still looking very smart.
Lapwing numbers are on the increase, a sure sign that summer is over for them.
Other waders on the reserve today included spotted redshank, greenshank and green sandpiper, autumn migration has started. Bearded tits were also showing well on Marshland today, several birders saw 7 at once. Lets hope that tomorrows bearded tit walk has the same luck.
Lots of butterflies and dragonflies about but none were landing today, this ladybird was static1
The marsh harrier chicks are now flying and the parents are catching food and dropping the prey for the young to catch. Sorry about the photos, cloud, poor light, bad camera man!
I think that the bird is carrying a rabbit and a sand martin is flying below it. The young birds appear
and one of them grabs the prey
We saw this happen several times during the day.

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