Daniel J. Maidstone, boat operator at Ranworth
|On board Damselfy at NWT Ranworth Broad, photo by Barry Madden|
The Damselfly boat at Ranworth Broad enjoyed a busy and very sunny bank holiday weekend. With the warmer weather finally here, the birds were in full voice. The cetti's warbler explosive song could be easily identified and the voice of the willow and sedge warblers rang out through the reeds. The chiffchaffs also were making noise along the boardwalk.
Butterflies appeared too with a number of brimstone, small tortoiseshell and peacock appearing above the tops of the reed.
This week the wildlife seem to be catching up, finally! Goslings of greylag and ducklings of mallard have been spotted on both Malthouse and Ranworth Broads. The swifts have finally arrived and more birds such as the coots and great created grebes are perched on their nests keeping warm those brood of eggs. While on the water trails, marsh harriers have been spotted floating on the thermals overhead and some black terns have been spotted. At the far end of the Broad, the results of the reed management can be seen, with new shoots of reed and other flowers growing through attracting various insects. The flash of orange and blue of kingfishers have been seen across the Broad too.