We had a successful wader ringing session last night. It was very dark! Sometimes very midge invested! And sometimes very busy.
We caught over 70 birds mainly redshank but also several common snipe and teal, and a solitary dunlin and ringed plover. Karen and Simon Mann joined us and we were grateful for their help.
On the brackish-water scrapes found in one area of the farm, many wader species are found feeding and resting whilst on their southerly migration. The wader ringing team last night caught birds of eleven species; Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Teal and Dunlin. A very interesting and fruitful ringing session.
The Moth day commenced this Saturday at 06.00 for Matthew and Clive and at 8.00 am our visitors arrived.
Ten members of the public were shown various moths, including a fine example of the Convolvulus Hawkmoth after which a hearty breakfast was devoured!
The organisers of the Otter Workshop (to be held 4 October – see elsewhere on this blog for details) were out last Friday to investigate prime sites that Workshop participants can visit.
Richard Woolnough observing the track an otter had made back into the Alde estuary.
Otter prints in the mud of the Alde.
Cleaning the waters edge of reed growth has encouraged dragonfly and damselfly plus Green Sandpipers to use the area more intensively
Work party by the old decoy pond clearing some areas from reed to encourage certain species of dragonfly and damselfly and green sandpipers to visit. The pond still has a saline taint from the December 2012 incursion so remedial work to refresh the water source is going to take place very soon.