Even though the weather forecast for this weekend wasn't great, I decided that I needed to do one of my bird surveys. I have three left to do including this one for the late winter walk and they have to be done by the end of February. This particular survey is right on my doorstep literally.
Even though I could've walked from my house to do this survey, that would have eaten into my two hour survey time, so I drove to the various places where I wanted to carry out the survey. The first place which this square covers is my local Rodden Nature Reserve where I help out with the management. This area is shown by the left hand red P on the map below.
I thought I'd show some different views of Rodden Reserve than the ones I've shown in previous posts. This is the bridge that divides the reserve. My car is parked just above me here.
Even though the reserve is closed to the public during the breeding season, we still get kids congregating under this bridge and the inevitable graffiti that comes with them. Some of it is pretty good actually! (-: I've seen possible Otter tracks in the mud under this bridge. One day, I hope I'll get to see one in the flesh!
This is the smaller eastern side of the reserve. It's a part of the reserve that I don't wander around so much. Maybe I'll try and make an effort to walk around here more this year. It was certainly very quiet birdwise on this morning.
Back to the main reserve area. This is the view as you come out from under the bridge.
I didn't have any unusual bird sightings for my survey, but the local Grey Heron was perched up in this Alder. I'm afraid he didn't stick around long once he'd set eyes on me!
The Hazel catkins are opening out a bit more now. Always one of the early signs of spring on the way.
There were plenty of Robins singing around the reserve staking out their respective territories.
Rodden Nature Reserve was the first of three stops for this survey. The next post will be about the other two areas.