How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!
Author Archive | Roger
It was very quiet during this period, with the highlights being Marsh Tit and Water Pipit. Even the everyday birds seemed to be scarcer than usual for the time of year.
When you go to do a ringing session, you never know what you might encounter. And sometimes it isn’t just birds – sometimes it’s reptiles!
A report on the ringing of our latest brood of Tawny Owls at Rye Meads, from the owl box beside the Scrape
We monitor and maintain more than eighty nestboxes of various types. National Nestbox Week is a good time to share details of how we look after ours.
Our second Great White Egret enlivened what otherwise continued a quiet year with below par numbers.
Recent activities Dragging the meadow. Matt on the left and Dave on the right are pulling the net, Gordon, Alan and Jan are walking behind the trailing edgeRinging is sometimes a drag! Drag netting can be hard work, but it’s the best way to catch one of our most enigmatic waders, writes Roger […]
A period dominated by heat and drought resulted in few birds, and very disappointing migration numbers. Best bird was our fourth Little Tern, and the first at this time of year.
Observations May – June 2018 Mute Swans reached record numbers for the second year running with the post- and non-breeding flock rising to 76 by mid June. The last two Shelduck departed in mid May but our resident Wigeon remained throughout. A pair of Garganey were seen intermittently together and singly, possibly indicating a breeding […]
Lots of legs in the news this period, with Great White Egret, Avocets, both Godwits, Curlew and Spotted Redshank visiting!