Great White Egret image by Carol Leather

Sightings are recorded and compiled by Ranger Jim Stevenson, and then published on the blog which contains the most up-to-date reports.

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From Ranger Jim’s blog..

  • CORONFebruary ended with the third big Atlantic storm of the month, bringing more high winds, but not as much rain as forecast. The river was at the top of it's banks at this point and all the lakes were pretty much full, which isn't good for wading birds.Despite the storms the early spring progressed with blossom in the hedges and hawthorn leaves beginning to […]
  • February 1st: The mild weather continues. Spring weather has the song thrushes, robins and great tits singing and I even heard a chiffchaff at Stirtloe. Bumble bees were busy and the first pussy willow was bursting from it's buds at the sailing lake. If we don't get a shock in the next month, this will be a great year for the survival of small […]
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!We kicked off on January 1st with our usual "Ice-Breaker" walk with 42 guests but only 37 species by lunchtime. Meanwhile Neal Parkin and the regular bird counters were in the quarry (with permission).I noted 72 species seen today (not all seen by me) all at the north end apart from raven. Missing species you would expect to see include little grebe, […]
  • There is a new Bird Checklist on the way. It should be on the counter on January 1st for our New Year's Day Ice Breaker event.Heronry Lakes are back to normal winter levels or perhaps deeper with all the small islands submerged and most of the wildfowl have left.December 4th: Otter on Heronry South. Robin, bullfinch, redwings, blackbirds, goldcrest, g-s woodpecker, chaffinch, sparrow hawk, […]
  • The month began with mild conditions, but with some windy days followed by a lot of rain. The lakes and river rose noticeably.The Heronry South Lake after rain.November 3rd: Mink near the Offord Pumphouse intake,November 5th: Blue tits, wood pigeon, house sparrows, magpie, great tit, robin, squirrels and a cat in the VC garden.November 6th: Heronry Lakes: Green sandpiper, goldeneye drake. Kite attempting t […]