Lots and lots of ducks and the odd otter too

Todays is the last day of October and the reserve was full of activity from our birds, to the odd butterfly, plenty of common darters and the otter even made an appearance too down at Steggall's hide.

Lets start will the small birds around the centre.  On the feeders marsh tit was regular and the moorhen has figured out how to shake the feeders on the tree to get food.  In the pool behind these feeders, grey wagtail spent some time feeding around the edges.  Flying around the trees next to the centre and around the corner to the sailing lake, lots of small birds could be seen - siskin, goldfinch and long-tailed tits could be found there.  Around the field feeders were reed bunting, bullfinch and redwings.

For duck action, the sailing lake is place to be.  Lots of different ducks can be found feeding on this lake.  Wigeon, gadwall, coot, pochard and tufted duck were all there today.  

The slough is also very good for ducks.  Hundreds of teal can be found there.  Also shoveler was present.  Wader wise - a small number of lapwing were present and a few snipe too if you look carefully.  Try looking from all three hides over this area as water has returned to the pool in front of Double Decker and should rise further over the coming weeks.  From Bernard's hide - a grey heron entertained visitors and our family of swans spent the day on this little pool.

For more ducks head down towards the eastern lakes.  Wigeon were seen from Bess's hide and goldeneye have now returned to these lakes as well.

Moving away from ducks.  There were plenty of common darter dragonflies around.  A few red admiral butterflies were seen and best of all today, was the otter that entertained visitors early this afternoon from Steggall's hide.  In recent weeks, we have had quite a few reports of Otter from this hide so you may wish to venture down to Steggall's hide when you next visit.

All these sightings were seen today around the reserve, wonder what November will bring!