So here is the end of another week at RSPB Nene Washes. Another blissful, wildlife filled week. Today I saw chasers darting about amongst the ditches, and damselflies too. Oh and the first iris on the Washes; it looked stunning.
The fields are quickly being filled with daily deliveries of cattle. Cattle grazing is part of the fenland habitat management. This is what the fenlands were created for, and this is what the birdlife adapted to live alongside, all those years ago.
Amongst all the different groups of cattle I’ve met some characters.
Corncrake chicks will start arriving this week, from Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and Whipsnade Zoo, where they breed them for the reintroduction programme. I’ll keep you updated.
My bird list for week commencing 27 May 2013:
Bittern (heard), Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Black-tailed godwit (& chick), Buzzard, Canada goose, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (heard), Common tern, Cormorant, Coot, Corncrake, Crane, Crow, Gadwall, Garganay, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Greylag goose, Heron, House martin, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing (& chick), Lesser black-backed gull, Little egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Meadow pipit, Mute swan, Red kite, Redshank, Reedbunting, Ringed plover, Sedge warbler, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Starling (& chick, dozens of ’em!), Swallow, Swift, Tawny owl (heard), Tufted duck, Wood pigeon,
Bats (probably Daubenton’s), Hedgehog, Muntjack deer, Roe deer.
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