Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Species list stands at 108 so far for 2017

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This blog replaces the posting that used to be on the KOS website sightings page.
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March 28th

A foggy start to the morning at Stodmarsh but by 9.30 the sun was out and with no wind it was very warm,there were 130 ( approx ) Shovellers on the lake with a small number of Gadwall and Teal. Some Great crested grebes were displaying as were 2 Lapwing over the marsh hide area, i walked as far as the water meadow with only a few Chiffchaff's and Reed bunting's noted. On the way back i scanned the lake and saw a single Brent goose among the Shoveller's it did not stay long,taking off and heading south. There were 3 Marsh Harrier's soaring quite high with a Sparrow Hawk among them..  
(Bryan East)
Brent Goose - Bryan East

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Species list stands at 105 so far for 2017

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This blog replaces the posting that used to be on the KOS website sightings page.
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March 26th

In the early hours of the 25th (Saturday) 05:08 to be precise, along Grove road just before the Boat House a Long-eared Owl flew out of the roadside bushes and along the road in front of the car before veering of to the right hand side. The rest of the morning was less productive with no migrants being discovered. There were 2 pairs of Tufted Ducks present, 1 Shelduck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Pintail. Most obvious were the many singing Chiffchaffs and Wrens and, almost every other small bird seen was a Reed Bunting. A Kingfisher and 3 Little Grebes were at Feast hide and a pair of Yellowhammers were along Harrison's Drove. From Marsh hide we had fantastic views of an adult male Hen Harrier at 08:10 and there were at least 10 Marsh Harriers present with 6 in the air together over Stodmarsh lake at one point. New for the year and quite scarce in the Valley was a single Red-legged Partridge in a filed along the entrance track to Stodmarsh car park expertly picked out by Mr Dave Sutton while driving by.

Hen Harrier at Marsh Hide

On Sunday (26th) a ringtail Hen Harrier passed by the Ramp at 06.15 but the pool in front of the Ramp was very quiet eve the Black-tailed Godwit had departed but, while waiting 3 male Ruff flew in for a wash and feed, they were starting to gain their summer attire. Not a lot else except 99 Mute Swans leaving for feeding pastures, a Kingfisher in the small reed clump in front of the Ramp and a Green Sandpiper joining the Ruff plus a second Green Sandpiper from Harrison's hide. Not much at Marsh hide although 5 Water Pipits were present but did managed to catch up with Sedge Warbler with one chattering away between Harrison's Drove and Feast hide late morning.

Marsh Harrier Marsh Hide moments before the Hen Harrier


Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Species list stands at 105 so far for 2017

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This blog replaces the posting that used to be on the KOS website sightings page.
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March 24th



A strongish easterly wind at Stodmarsh yesterday and not a great deal about,a few Chiffchaff 's singing away along with the cettis warblers .I saw some fresh Otter print's in the mud along the recently cleared Lampen stream.There were 23 Shoveller's and 15 Great crested grebe on the lake with 2 Marsh Harrier overhead. Today 24th the wind not so strong and there was a nice male Pintail at the ramp along with 3 Shelduck,1 Grey heron and about 60 Teal. Not much at Feast hide but the rather ill looking Black headed gull seen on wed 22nd on the island is now dead. Also what look's like a dead male Teal in the water,i have reported both just in case. Just 2 displaying Lapwing at Harrisons.  
(Bryan East) 


Pintail - Bryan East

Friday, 24 March 2017

The Species list stands at 107 so far for 2017

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March 24th


The first Sedge Warbler of the year was near Marsh hide and the first Blackcap of the year over the river both found by reserve warden Ben Ring.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Species list stands at 105 so far for 2017

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March 21st


Today a summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe was found at Stodmarsh by Geoff Burton.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Species list stands at 104 so far for 2017

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March 19th


A weekend windy grey weather with nothing new on the migration front, still waiting to join the Wheatear club!!
Noted over the weekend were 3 Shelducks, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Hen Harriers including a superb first summer male, a pair of Pochards, 4 pairs of Tufted Duck and the pair of Pintail joined by another drake. Chiffchaffs are in full song with at least three between the entrance and the Ramp. There were 120 Mute Swans out of roost, 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Sparrowhawk, 21 Snipe, 1 Bittern, 1 Little Grebe and 7 Marsh Harriers. On Saturday there were just 2 Water Pipits seen but today, with the Koniks close to Marsh hide, there were at least 10 Water Pipits around their feet with another 3 from the Ramp. Other bits included 6 singing Skylarks, a single call from 1 Bearded Tit, 3 Common Buzzards, 5 Corn Buntings, 6 Wigeon west, a lone singing! Greenfinch and a pair Of Bullfinches.

Mute Swan

Sparrowhawk



Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Species list stands at 102 so far for 2017

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March 17th



Stodmarsh Grove circuit 0530-0915.
One Ring tail Hen Harrier out from the roost plus 4 Marsh Harriers including one adult male.
11 singing Chiffchaffs were counted, 4 Lapwings displaying from the Marsh hide. 3 Green Sandpipers seen at the Grove end as well as 4 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Pintail from the ramp.
One Water Rail seen and at least 20 Common Snipe counted.
(Neil Frampton)