As many are aware we have some birdwatchers who are social members and come and watch from the corner, or watch the bird feeders they have put up beyond the Flying 15 area. We have asked John one of the regulars to let us know what they see. The Terns are nesting on the raft so please give that a good berth (they will let you know if you get to close!). If you want to know more stop and ask.
BIRD and WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS – August 2018
Although the birding was rather slow at times there were still some interesting records.
The three pairs of Common Terns which bred on the raft and raised five young have now left the area. We wish them well as they make the epic journey to their wintering grounds off the west coast of Africa and look forward to greeting them back when they return, hopefully in April next year. Another breeding success has been a pair of Grey Partridge with their five young. They have been feeding in the horse paddock at the top of the access road but have also been noted running along the track so look out for them.
Birds of prey have been well represented with records of Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Red Kite and Marsh Harrier as well as the more expected Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard.
I am sure you will have all seen the Little Egrets which often feed around the perimeter of the lake, the birds that look like small white herons. Their numbers increased this month to a maximum of 20 on the 15th. Two Ruddy Shelducks were exotic visitors on the 6thalthough they had probably escaped from captivity rather than flown all the way to Hoveringham from Morocco!
August is a month when wading bird migration gains momentum. Unfortunately there is a lack of shallow pools for them to feed so they are usually found around the shore line of the lake. Nothing particularly unusual occurred but there were records of Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper.
Other isolated reports concerned a Wheatear on the 7th, two Black Terns on the 28thand a Goosander on the 29th.