Thursday, 30 May 2013

Kite patrol...

It is another cool, overcast day at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.

The trails are wet with some wet muddy areas; therefore walking boots or wellies for long walks will be required. (especially around the mooring on Heron Trail and paths around Sailing Lake).

This cold spell has meant a slow start to the morning... however an otter was seen from Kingfisher Hide at 10.00am.

Nightingales and garden warblers only started singing late morning and this was similar for willow warbler, blackcap and chiffchaff. There are 2 chiffchaff nests on the Heron Trail, Haul Road and adults can be seen carrying insects. From the triangle before Kingfisher Hide path you can see the goldcrest nest.

Conditions and sightings are very much like yesterday...

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY (so far): 2 red kites over the Great Meadow. 

We are still waiting for Martin and Jamie to find us something rare however sightings of these two top twitchers is some what of a rarity at the moment... must be the cold conditions...

It is always worth walking the public footpaths around the reserve (maps can be obtained from the Visitor Centre). From Stirtloe Lane (off Ouse Valley Way) you can watch the latter stages of tern and wader passage.

Heavy Works Vehicles are using the Haul Road to and from the Gravel Pit so please stick to the paths and take care.

Please call us with any sightings on tel: 01480 406 795 or pop into the centre and write them into our sightings book.

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