A bittern was showing well for a good part of the day from Christmas Dell hide. A white-fronted goose was seen amongst some greylag geese from Denge Marsh hide where a merlin and marsh harrier were also seen. Smew and goosander are still providing good views from Scott hide and curlew and snipe were seen from Makepeace hide.
Archive for January 27th, 2007
The Yellow Brain fungus (Tremella mesenterica) was first recorded on the Nature Reserve at Castle Water in january 2006. So far it has only been found in the Gorse scrub at the southern end of the main pit, a check this morning found several clumps. The best clumps were growing on dead Gorse branches amongst the leaf litter, were they had had better protection from the frost over the past few days.
From the viewpoint at Castle Water, at least 4 Bearded Tit were present and gave good views in the morning sunshine, 2 Marsh Harrier, Cettis Warbler and Water Rail were also seen or heard. On the main pit 3 Scaup, drake Smew, 4 Pintail good numbers of Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall. In the srub at the southern end 2 Bullfinch, Goldcrest and a party of 8 Long-tailed Tit. A check for Long-eared Owl at Narrow Pit found one roosting.