The winter so far can be summed up as very wet with many areas of the reserve being flooded. The following photos shows you just how much water has been around.
Winter at Lackford
During this current COVID-19 restrictions, Lackford Lakes is only open for local people.
The winter months are our busiest time at our bird feeders with lots of birds visiting. During this time of year, siskin and redpoll are regular visitors to our feeders. Lots of other birds are visiting including marsh tit, blue tit, great tit and the occasional great spotted woodpecker.
Winter is also the time when lots of ducks are present on our lakes. The goldeneye is one of our favourites. We have not seen too many of these this winter for some reason but there is a few on the sailing lake or hawker pool. There are plenty of pochard, tufted ducks, teal, wigeon, gadwall and shoveler too.
Wader wise, we have not seen too much from these but snipe are loving it with counts of 30+ on the slough – often seen grouped together. The occasional lapwing is visiting as well.
The gull roost is at its peak at the moment with thousands settling down on the sailing lake at the end of the winters day. Here is a photo of the roost taken recently.
Even though it is winter, many of our resident birds are beginning to think about the coming breeding season. The thrushes are starting to sing, the woodpecker is drumming away and blue tits are looking for nesting sites.
Lastly, I will finish with a few photos of Lackford in the winter months.