|Grasshopper warbler, photo by Barry Madden|
|Whitethroat, photo by Barry Madden|
Not so the main scrapes on the reserve which still appear to be suffering somewhat. There are far fewer avocets nesting there this year and waders in general have been very scarce (a situation echoed from many places along the coast I gather). The good news though is that the newly acquired marshes to the east are full of birds. During the afternoon I led an impromptu, taster session birding walk along the southern boundary of the reserve. These informal events are a new innovation, designed to give people new to the delights of wildlife watching some idea of the wealth of creatures that make the reserve their home ( If you plan to visit the reserve, look for details on the notice bard in the Visitor Centre). As our small but very congenial party reached the East Bank, we were quite delighted at the number of avocets nesting on the area near the ‘Serpentine’. They are well spaced, but nonetheless the species is well represented. I think this is good news for just about everything in that 1). The avocets are not concentrated into a single breeding zone and will therefore not so easily attract the attention of predators, and 2). Their wide spacing allows other birds the freedom to go about their business without being constantly harassed. These wet meadows also hold good numbers of breeding lapwing, redshank, geese and wildfowl; visible proof that recent management activity is bearing fruit.
|Sedge warbler, photo by Barry Madden|
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