Animals, plants and the changing habitats themselves, are monitored by a team of volunteers and staff.
If you can help with this monitoring, please contact
Henry Stanier the Great Fen Ecology and Recording Officer.
Date: Sat,1st Apr 2017
Species: All species
Location: All areas
Saturday was a great day to be out on the Great Fen reserves. The weather was kind to us and the forecast rain thankfully stayed away.
Down at Woodwalton Fen evidence of the bird migration was well under way, the Redwing and Fieldfare that were a common sight along the approach road were now nowhere to be seen. They had however been replaced by new species once we got into the reserve. Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler and Blackcap were all singing away as we walked around. There were also many other species in breeding mode, the Greater Spotted Woodpecker and also the Green Woodpecker seemed to be paired up or busy drumming away on the trees. Several pairs of Bullfinch were spotted feeding amongst the blossoms. Walking to the Reedbed hide we saw a pair of Marsh Tit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and numerous Chiffchaff whilst at the hide itself all was fairly quiet. The 3 Marsh Harriers seen seem to be paired up and nest building now. A Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, 2 Long-tailed Tit and a Chiffchaff were also seen close to the hide.
Over at Rothchilds hide we watched a female Marsh Harrier land amongst the reeds and looked poised on several occasions to grab a duck from the water. But nothing got quite close enough and after 15 minutes or so she gave up and flew off. There was a good selection of waterfowl on the mere; 2 Canada Geese, 2 Coot, Water Rail, Little grebe 10 Mallard, 23 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 5 Tufted duck and 5 Greylag Geese. There has been no sign of the Bitterns booming yet but we're hoping this should start very soon.
Across the path at Gordons hide it was a little quieter; 3 Coot, 2 Water Rail, 4 Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 7 Teal, 3 Mallard and 2 Cetti's Warbler which were performing well in the tree next to the hide. On the way back from the hide we saw a Jay, Snipe and both Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush.
A quick walk up to the Trundle Mere lookout at Holme Fen (still closed I'm afraid), gave great views of 4 Red Kite, 54 Greylag Geese, 13 Canada Geese, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Mallard, Little Grebe, Little Egret and 2 Buzzard.We also watched a Grey Heron busily feeding in small channels around the hide.
Kevin Lunham & Debbie Bell
Great Fen Rangers