Sunday, 5 February 2017

Gone Fishing !!!

I wanted to see what work had been undertaken to the Feast hide pool at the Grove Ferry end of the Stodmarsh reserve, having not visited this part of the reserve for a few weeks. I went down on Friday (3rd) for a few hours sitting in the hide with Tim Gutsell, then a little later, Mel and Jan Fagg. The view from the hide has been transformed, the old Tern raft has gone, as is the small grassy island just the other side of the dyke and a new mud Island has been shaped, out in the middle of the pool. Also the encroaching reed bed has been cut back, opening up the view to the left and right of the pool. Hopefully the Terns will use the Island as a replacement for the rotting Tern raft that was need of replacing. All in all, a massive improvement and a "well done" to the N.E staff who have their work cut out trying to make ends meet with the ever shrinking budget handed to them from the government. 
Whilst sitting in the hide, two different Kingfishers were present at various times during my stay, both a Male and Female. A Ring-tailed Harrier which looked to be a young bird passed through westward along the reed edge by the river, at least 3 Water Pipit's were seen, a Drake Wigeon was amongst the expected wildfowl and surprisingly only 1 Marsh Harrier was seen in 4 hours. A hoped for Bittern sighting never materialised so our time was spent mostly with the Kingfisher's. 

Below are a few images from a visit to the Marsh hide in the middle of the reserve during the last few days of January when the reserve was still frozen.

Common Buzzard



Water Pipit (Definitely NOT Rock Pipit)


  1. Brilliant post Steve. I really should try to get over sometime.

  2. Blog looking good Steve, cracking pics as always!

  3. Nice account and pics Steve. Definitely a vast improvement at Feast Hide.