Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Patch Bashing (Stodmarsh and Grove)

A week and a half of patch bashing which amounted to several circuits of the Grove/Stodmarsh reserve with quite honestly a rather poor return from the camera. For me the highlight was a rather smart looking Fox that trotted out from the vegetation to the left of the Reed bed hide at the Stodmarsh end of the reserve.

New birds for the year during the past week and a bit were 5 Swift's, (Apr 26th) seen out over the ramp pool from the entrance track at Grove and my first Hobby, seen from the Reed bed hide (Apr 30th). Yesterday (May 2nd) there were at least a dozen Hobbies hawking insects over the reed beds and a few record shots were taken although in truth they were a little too far out for photos.

Three Common Sandpiper's have been present for a few days, feeding on the pool's edge in front of the Reed bed hide and the Nightingale behind the hide has found a partner. There are now at least 5 different Nightingales around the reserve and my Cuckoo sightings have increased from one to three.

Other bits caught with the camera was a Tree-Creeper in the Alder wood at Stodmarsh, a Grey Heron fishing in the pool in front of the Reed bed hide and one of 8 Common Terns out on the main lake at the Stodmarsh end of the reserve.

I was sent a photo from a friend, showing a Beaver, seen along the River Stour at Hersden. It was on a small island by the gaps, a place where the bank along the Northern side of the river breaks, allowing entrance into the Hersden lake. I know there had been reports of a Beaver seen around Stodmarsh last year, but it is the first time I have heard of a sighting this year. 

Photo courtesy of Glen Cullis.

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