Thursday, 14 April 2016

Penduline Tit + others

About time I wrote another post....

I got good views of the penduline tit last thursday, the best views I have ever had of this species as far as I can remember. Whilst walking past I saw a small bird fly into the nearby reeds and thought it could be the PT so waited a minute or so, I could hear it calling well and eventually it flew up into a sallow where it continued to call and even sing right in front of me, I had it all to myself for around 10 mins and then it flew off over the river.. very nice indeed!

Another good record for the fen was a firecrest, a single bird spent a weekend near the pond dipping platform, only my second on the reserve! This bird was most probably different to the one found the previous Tuesday, another two were reported along the pumphouse track, which would constitute quite a bumper crop of these sprites.

Other bits and bobs have included little gull, 2 med gulls, lots of common migrants including sedge, blackcap, willow, grasshopper and reed warblers all seen recently. As well as bittern booming, marsh harriers and Cetti's warblers performing fantastically.