Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Marsh Hide On A Monday Morning.
I was able to spare a few hours this morning so I decided that the marsh hide at Grove would be as good a place as any to visit, there is not much about bird wise at the moment however the Glossy Ibis was very alluring especially as I had only fleeting views on Saturday. I walked from the Stodmarsh end of the reserve and made my way along the track towards the alders, very little to see, a Chiffchaff being the best. As I reached the clearing I looked towards the boat house and remembered great views of Barn Owls earlier in the year as they went about feeding their hungry brood. On arriving at the hide I was the only one there for a while, Steve Ashton joined me and we were soon watching a fair amount of action. Birds of interest were one Ringtail, Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Ruff, lapwing ,Egret, Water pipit, Jay, Snipe and Heron. The light was not kind for the camera but we managed a few shots, a few other people arrived and were pleased to see the Ibis, not common here and yet not the first this year. Its apparent that the seasons seem to be changing, birds and insects staying longer in the field, and boundaries changing giving us lots to enjoy. The morning flashed by and we were soon heading home with work commitments looming.