There continue to be good numbers of Golden Plover at Carlton Marshes, with flocks of 340 or so seen shimmering across Peto's Marsh. Flocks of Golden Plover seem to shimmer as they fly in tight groups with their wings beating rapidly across our flooded winter landscapes. In winter Golden Plover can be seen on southern marshes and estuaries, but they will be heading north soon to breed on moorland. Other star species at Carlton Marshes continue to be Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl, with photographers coming back everyday to get the perfect shot. Check out our SWT NE Sites Manager twitter for more of these brilliant photos.
Our resident bird species are letting us know that spring is here across the broads reserves. Those birds that have stayed in the UK all through the winter start to sing again early on in the year. It's a perfect time to try your hand at identify birds by song, before the migrants arrive and make it more confusing! At Carlton Marshes Cetti's Warbler are difficult to see, being tiny brown birds that skulk in bushes and bramble. Their song however bursts out loudly from patches of bramble and willow. The volume of their song makes it unmistakable when you hear it. It already seems like it will be a good year for Greenfinches across the reserves. Gunton Warren is a particularly good place to see and hear them. Find one sat high on a patch of gorse or a holly bush and listen to them calling and singing. Skylark are famous for their beautiful song and can be spotted singing high over open areas such as marshland and agricultural fields. Listen for a continuous warbling song and then watch as the Skylark parachutes from high in the sky, down to the earth singing as it goes.