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Wednesday 26th April 2017

On Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, there were 2 Black-tailed godwits, plus a Common sandpiper, 5 Ruffs (also seen on Cell 'C') & 2 Yellow wagtails
10+ Whimbrel came into the Reed-bed roost, with a Common tern, Barn owl & Corn bunting also seen here

Ruff on Dryham Ings, with thanks to Mike Ashforth

Posted By: Barry on 4/26/2017 9:02:10 PM

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Today on Cell 'a' of Dryham Ings, there was the Black-tailed godwit, 3 Ruff, Common sandpiper & 3 Yellow wagatils
Posted By: Barry on 4/25/2017 8:54:04 PM

Monday 24th April 2017

On Cell 'A', there was a Black-tailed godwit, plus the drake Mandarin
Posted By: Barry on 4/24/2017 8:58:03 PM

Sunday 23rd April 2017

The first Common tern of the year was seen in the afternoon on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings. Also there was 6+ Ruff, a Common sandpiper, 2 Curlew & the drake Mandarin (also seen on the Far Lake)
A Whimbrel flew south & at least 1 Water rail was heard on the Reed-bed
A Red kite caught a Lapwing chick over the North field
The first Large Red damselfly of the year was seen on the West path
Also seen, were Orange-Tip, Peacock & Green-veined white butterflies, plus Buff-tailed & Common carder bumblebees

Red kite with a Lapwing chick over the North field

Buff-tailed bumblebee by the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 4/23/2017 8:27:49 PM

Saturday 22nd April 2017

The highlight of the day was 2 adult Kittewakes briefly on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings in the morning. Also here was 6+ Ruff, Common sandpiper & the Curlew sandpiper
A male & female Marsh harrier were seen
2 Collared doves were over the reserve, which is an unusual record, with a male Bullfinch being seen also
The Barn owl was seen at dusk, with the Little owl being seen in the North field barn area
In the evening at the Reed-bed, 3 Yellow wagtails were seen, as well as 13 Whimbrel & 10 + Curlew

Posted By: Barry on 4/23/2017 8:24:23 PM

Friday 21st April 2017

Today, the first Lesser whitethroats of the year was seen by the Carp Lake
The Curlew sandpiper was still on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, where it was joined by a Common sandpiper & a brief Greenshank.
6 + Little ringed plover were present, including 1 on the Reed-bed
6+ Ruff were seen on Cell 'A', the Village Lake & the Reed-bed
The Little owl was on the North field barn, whilst a Tawny owl was on the North path
An immature marsh harrier was hunting in the morning, with also a Pink-footed goose being seen briefly on Cell 'B'
Also seen, was Yellowhammer & Yellow wagtail
Buff & Red-tailed bumblebees were seen



The Dryham Ings Cell 'A' Curlew sandpiper



Ruff on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings

Today's brief Greenshank All photographs, with thanks to Mike Ashforth

Posted By: Barry on 4/21/2017 9:12:25 PM

Thursday 20th April 2017

The Curlew sandpiper is still on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, with Green sandpiper & 5+ Ruffs
12 Curlew roosted on the Reed-bed
4 young Lapwings were seen on the North field
2 Water rails were seen on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 4/20/2017 9:25:45 PM

Wednesday 19th April 2017

The Curlew sandpiper was still on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, with the drake Mandarin on the Carp Lake
Posted By: Barry on 4/19/2017 9:15:11 PM

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Today, there was an adult Little gull seen on both the Island & Village Lakes
The Curlew sandpiper was still present on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, with 2 Ruff, 18 Redshank, a Grey wagtail & at over 20 Teal there
A Whitethroat was seen along Dryham Lane
8 Curlew were feeding on the North field
2 Canada geese were on the Village late in the evening
A female Garganey was seen on the Reed-bed
Butterflies seen today, included Speckled wood, Green-veined white, Orange tip & Small tortoiseshell. With Buff-tailed & Common carder bumblebees also

'Brewer's duck (hybrid Mallard x Gadwall hybrid) on Cell 'A'

Posted By: Barry on 4/18/2017 8:57:09 PM

Monday 17th April 2017

No sign of the Spoonbill today, but it was replaced by a winter plumaged Curlew sandpiper on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings. Also about was the year's first Common sandpiper on the Silt pond, plus Little ringed plover, Redshank, a Ringed plover, 7 Ruffs & 8 Curlew on the North field (with a total of 44 seen today), where a Yellow wagtail was also seen (with 7+ being seen on the reserve)
The first Whimbrel of the year was seen
A Jack snipe was on the Island Lake
The drake Mandarin was on the Carp Lake
In addition to the usual Mediterranean gulls, there was a 1st summer bird
A Reed warbler was singing in the Reed-bed reeds & a Great spotted woodpecker was seen at the end of Dryham Lane
Orange tip butterfly was seen along the North path, as well as several Buff-tailed bumblebees

Curlew sandpiper on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings

Ruff on Cell 'C', by the 'Bus-stop' hide

Sedge warbler singing on the Reed-bed

Posted By: Barry on 4/17/2017 3:59:14 PM

Sunday 16th April 2017

The highlight of today, was the Spoonbill seen in the evening on the Village Lake & then Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings
Also seen was 35 Avocets, 5 Ruffs (on the Village Lake & Cell 'C'), Little ringed plover on Cell 'C' & 10 Curlews feeding in the North fields
The drake Mandarin was on the Carp Lake
A Peregrine flew south over the Reed-bed, with Red kite seen
Corn bunting was on the North hedge, with a female Wheatear seen nearby
96 Gadwall & 22 Shoveller were counted on the reserve today
6 nesting pairs of Lapwing are present on Dryham Ings
Buff-tailed bumblebee was active today


Spoonbill on the Village Lake, with thanks to Gary Dayes

Posted By: Barry on 4/16/2017 9:08:53 PM

Saturday 14th April 2017

44 Avocets were counted on the reserve, along with 6 Ruff (2 each on the Village Lake & Cell 'C' of Dryham Ings) & 9 Little ringed plovers
The drake Madarin was observed
A Peregrine flew north over the East ridge
2 Chiffchaffs were singing on both the West & East path
The first Greylag family of 3 were on Cell 'B' of Dryham Ings
Barn, Little & tawny owl were seen in the evening, as well as a Marsh harrier
Orange tip butterfly & Buff-tailed bumblebees were seen along the North path


Greylag family on Cell 'B' of Dryham Ings

Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:59:41 PM

Friday 14th April 2017

The Wheatear was on the North field again.
There was 40+ Curlew seen, with a Dunlin on Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings, Green sandpiper on the Silt pond, 5 Little ringed plover & 7 Ruff
The Little owl was on it's normal spot by the North field barn
Over 200 Sand martins were present, with 3 singing Blackcaps & Willow warblers on the reserve.

Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:59:23 PM

Thursday 13th April 2017

A Wheatear was in the North field this morning. The drake Mandarin was on the Carp Lake. Over 40 Curlews were in the North field, with the Little owl being seen in the barn. In Dryham Ings, there was Ruff & Little ringed plover, with 2 Yellow wagtails also. Marsh harrier & Red kite were seen today.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:59:10 PM

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Waders today, included over 18 Curlew, Green sandpiper, Over 5 Ruff & Little ringed plovers were also about. The drake Mandarin was seen, as well as an immature Marsh harrier & Red kite. Over 8 Little egrets were on the reserve. Finally, a Tawny owl was by the reserve entrance.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:58:52 PM

Monday 10th April 2017

The highlight of the day, was a drake Garganey that was seen on the Reed-bed in the evening. The first Yellow wagtail of the year was present today On Dryham Ings today, was the Black-tailed godwit, 5 Ruff (3 on Cell 'A' & 2 on Cell 'C'), plus the drake Mandarin. Marsh harrier & Red kite were also seen
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:58:15 PM

Sunday 9th April 2017

In the early morning, a Sandwich tern, flew from the South west over the Main Lake, before flying high to the north. The Black-tailed godwit, Green sandpiper, 4 Little ringed plovers, 3 Ruffs & the drake Mandarin were on Dryham Ings. Marsh harrier & Red kite were present over the reserve. Finally, there were over 500 Sand martins preset today
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:58:02 PM

Saturday 8th April 2017

In the evening, a Great white egret was briefly on Cell 'B', before flying off in the direction of the village. At dusk, the Barn owl was seen, with the Little owl on the North barn & Marsh harrier plus Red kite were also seen. Waders, included the Green sandpiper, 3 Little ringed plovers, 6 Ruffs (plus 11 briefly) & 2 Curlew. Over 10 Corn buntings were present on the North field, with also 2 Fieldfare & at least 3 Chiffchaffs being seen. At least 5 Yellowhammers were seen at the end of Dryham Lane, with the drake Mandarin being seen nearby. The first Mallard brood of the year of 13 ducklings was seen today. The first Orange tip & Speckled wood butterflies of the year were seen today.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:57:47 PM

Friday 7th April 2017

The first Willow warblers of the year were singing along the West path. Green sandpiper, 3 Ruff & a Little ringed plover were on Dryham Ings. The first House Martin of the year was seen today, along with 2 Swallows & over 50 Sand martins. A Corn bunting was singing in the North hedge, with 2 Little owls seen by the North barn. Finally, a Green woodpecker is still present on the reserve, which is a late date for this species. Seen today, was Common carder, Buff & Red-tailed, plus Garden bumblebees.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:57:32 PM

Thursday 6th April 2017

Today, there was Green sandpiper, Little ringed plover & Ruff seen on Dryham Ings. 6 Canada geese were an unusual record for the time of the year. Also seen were Corn bunting & Chiffchaff.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:57:18 PM

Wednesday 5th April 2017

In Cell 'A' of Dryham Ings today, there was the Green sandpiper, plus 6 Ruffs & the drake Mandarin. The first Sedge warbler of the year was by the Reed-bed. 2 Corn buntings were along the North hedge.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:57:03 PM

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Again, the Green sandpiper was on Dryham Ings, with 3 Ruff on Cell 'C' & 3 on the Village Lake. A pair of Little & Ringed plover were present, along with 2 Curlew also. Again the Little owl was present by the North field ban, along with a female Marsh harrier that was around. At least 4 Grey herons were on the reserve, with Corn bunting being seen along the North hedge.
Posted By: Barry on 3/27/2017 8:56:41 PM