The pair of Stonechats have really made themselves at home here, coming right up to the Centre windows, even feeding near the tables outside,... could they really? Peregrine was seen again near the Scrape this time by Pat, and it seems the (Tawny Owl) is still making appearances. 20 to 30 Snipe are still moving around, and still feeding from time to time in front of the Visiter centre on the marsh. Saw a 100+ Fieldfares the other evening by the back Scrape. The feeders are attracting plenty of tits with Chaffinches and Goldfinches also trying to get in on the act. A Black-Headed Gull with colour ring 2DDX and metal ring Number EY45511 was on the Scrape and had been rung by the North Thames Gull Group, ring Date 22-2-14 Rainham Tip Greater London, Sighted 10-2-16 Ingrebourne Valley, Interval 1 year 353 days.
Saturday, 13 February 2016
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Bullfinches are being seen along and around the Valley at the moment more than normal and showing quite well, as seen on Tom Bells video from the viewing area. Even from the new visiter centre they are being seen and heard. Lots of Common Snipe around the Scrape and along the marsh , there are a number which can be viewed from the windows of the centre. The pair of Stonechats are still enjoying the mild conditions and finding plenty of insects to keep them happy, hope they stay. A group of Redpolls are being spotted at different places in the area. About 5 heron nests seem to be occupied, and there have been reports that young have been seen in one of the nests for the last couple of weeks. A Bittern remains in the usual location. The Envronement Agency have taken data from the river showing chemicals and polutants and where they may be coming from and work will take place to stop these from getting into the river. Another 2 contraptions have been fitted along the river to take some tests, one being at the Black bridge, everything takes too long as we know but actually things are moving. More Feeders have been put up at the visiter centre and are being well used. Other things that are on the move is work on the carpark extention and a dozen or so fruit trees will be planted next to the centre, play area side, Hmm.