Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Reserves Round-up

Weasel - B. Clough
Firstly apologies on the lack of posts on the blog over the past few weeks. We have been busy on the Reserves trying to cram in as much of the winter works as possible as well as meeting contractors to plan for the next financial year which has taken a while! In the meantime however Barry Clough managed to photograph this stunning Weasel which has been seen a number of times over the past week from the Woodpecker Hide seemingly chasing Bank Voles around the log piles so keep your eyes peeled if you visit the feeding station.

Roe Deer - J. Glover
Elsewhere at Warnham Jim Glover managed to get some absolutely stunning images of the Roe Deer that can often be seen around the site. At this time of year they have nearly finished shedding their winter coats and become a wonderful gingery/orange colour as you can see in Jim's photos above. The two pictured are in fact an adult doe (female) and her youngster from last year which you can see is a buck (male). He is just starting to show signs of growing his antlers which at the moment are covered in velvet or fur.
Frozen Reeds - P. Shergold

Lapwing - P. Shergold

Reed Buntings - P. Shergold
 Paul Shergold has also been busy with his camera getting lots of lovely photos of the snow as you can see in the previous post. Paul also managed to get the only picture of a Lapwing on the site over the very cold snap. We have over 150 individuals flying over Warnham but Paul managed to get the only one which seemed to take a liking to trying to land on the frozen millpond so well done Paul. The pair of Reed Buntings also have become much more regular from the Woodpecker Hide which has given lots of visitors the chance to have some nice close views.
Water Rail - D. Verrall
 David Verrall managed to get a cracking shot of the Water Rail on the small pools between Woodpecker Hide and Aston Trelford Hide. This seems to be one of the regular spots for the Water Rails to feed especially when the water level is a little lower which is not that case at present!!!
Grey Heron - D. Verrall
Last and by no means least David also got this great photo of a Grey Heron at Chesworth Farm making the most of the Common Frogs which are all busy spawning in the Wetland Project Fields. This area is popular at this time of year with both Herons, Egrets and a variety of ducks all of which are either eating the adult frogs or their spawn! Thank you to all the photographers above who have sent in this lovely mixture of photos.

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