Thursday, 16 November 2017

Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Grey Wagtail - T. Utting
The Reflection Pool has been a hive of activity over the past few days as one of the resident Grey Wagtails has taken a liking to hunting the various flies which are busy laying eggs on the moss around the edges of the pool. These are just a few of the stunning photos from Tony Utting and Bob Howell took today from the Woodpecker Hide today. Fingers crossed this little show off will continue to feed around the pool and allow everyone to see this colourful species at point blank range. It has been showing down to 4ft!
Grey Wagtail - T. Utting
Grey Wagtail - B. Howell

Elsewhere on the Reserve the Kingfishers were buzzing around all day and the adults appear to be pushing the youngsters off their territory now which is fascinating to watch. They usually start to push their offspring away at this time of year as fishing starts to become harder with the water temperatures starting to fall. Other highlights were a flock of 14 Mandarin which circled the lake a few times before dropping down on Chennells Brook. 

Redwing and Starling continue to move over the Reserve in flocks with over 100 Redwing seen this morning heading west as well as 50+ Starling. Lesser Redpoll are starting to find the feeders from the Woodpecker Hide albeit in ones and twos at the moment but hopefully the numbers will start to build. 

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